Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first major, deadly disaster for United States space program, the Apollo 1 fire. The crew were Edward H. White ll, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Robert B. Chaffee. On January 27, 1967, a flash fire erupted inside the capsule during the countdown rehearsal, the astronauts were atop the rocket at Cape Canaveral launch complex 34. All three were killed. May they Rest In Peace.
My father, Dr. Martin L Charles, was the assistant medical director and chief internist for the Pan Am Guided Missile Range Division at Cape Canaveral space center during this horrible event. We lived in Satellite Beach, Florida at the time. I will never forget when we heard the news. I was playing with my best friend, Kim. Even as children we were horrified and very saddened. #r.i.p.apollo1 #inhonor#50yearanniversary #somberday #nasa