Apologies for the delay on this episode; I got struck down by a summer cold and couldn’t record until it cleared up a bit.
The three men who climbed inside the Apollo 1 module on that fateful January day knew that they were in a risky business; Command Pilot Grissom said as much to reporters just a few weeks before. Those who go into space, especially in those early days, have always known that there was a possibility they might not return.
What this crew didn’t know was that they wouldn’t get to leave.
Because NASA is a US governmental agency, there are many images connected with the tragedy that are in the public domain. In the picture below, you can see the aftermath of the fire. Inside this cramped module, the three crewmen would have been side by side, their heads nearest the door. Grissom was seated on the left, White in the centre, and Chaffee on the right, furthest from the point of origin.
I am honestly not sure what would be worse; to die in space, or to die dreaming of space, still on the Earth.
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Sources and Further Reading:
I took much of the information in this episode from official NASA sources:
The audio from the test – including the fire – is available on line. I choose not to link it because it is disturbing.