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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - January 30, 1967, Tokyo, JapanAstronauts from left Virgil Grissom Edward White and Roger Chaffee beside a Model of the Apollo capsule in which they wmkilled.1 3 Apollo astronauts leave a legacy of bravery us to in let up tit Terni Ai i _. Houston Tex. Up the three astronauts of the Apollo-1 Crew spanned the history of America s space age Virgil i. Gus Grissom was the coun try s second Man in space. De White took the first spacewalk. Roger Chaffee Wouldhave started his first space flight. Now All three Are dead. The three astronauts were a popular Crew at the manned spacecraft Center. Two of. Them Grissom and Chaffee were quiet professional men. White waste outgoing one noted for his ready smile. Grissom liked to think of himself As space test Pilot. This is what i be always Felt that i mourning families in seclusion Houston Tex. A the families of the three Apollo Astro nauts killed at Cape Kennedy Fla., went into seclusion Friday night consoled by scores of col leagues in the Texas space Community. The manned spacecraft Cente said the families of air Force it. Cols. Virgil Gus Grissom and Edward it. White ii and Navy . Roger a Chaffee were told of the astronauts deaths by officials who called in person at their Homes. Or. Charles Berry the Astro nauts physician went to the gris som Home. A physician and an astronaut were sent to each of the threesomes to break the news. Local police Deputy sheriffs and manned spacecraft Center Security officers guarded the asked reporters and photog Raphers not to halt and question the astronauts calling on the three families. Grissom is survived by his widow and two sons Scott 16, and Mark 13. White s survivors include the widow and two children Edward 13, and Bonnie 1.0. Chat fee s survivors include his widow and two children Sheryl 8,and Stephen 5. Pope expresses sorrow to lbs Vatican City a Pope Paul saturday conveyed to presi Dent Johnson his profound condolences Over the Apollo space Craft disaster sending his sym Pathy through the apostolic Dele Gate in Washington. The Vatican said the Pope s message expressed sorrow forthe loss at Cape Kennedy to the government the people of the United states and in particular tothe families of the was and wanted to be he said jus weeks before his death a get a great Deal of satisfaction from the Maiden voyage in a new spacecraft was nothing new to Grissom and he was an old hand at the on the pad tests such As the one in which he died. In addition to piloting the second Mercury spacecraft through its 15-Minutesub-Orbital flight in july 1961,. Grissom took up the first manned gemini flight on March 18, 1965. Grissom was named to the first group of astronauts in april 1959. A native of Mitchell ind., he was married and had two children. White came by his love of flying Early in life. His father retired air Force. Gen. Edward White sr., was one of the Early army aviators arid . White took his son up in the Back seat of an of t-6 when Young de was Only 12. Years old and once they were airborne handed Over the controls. The 36-year-old texan a native of Sanantonio Drew his wife Pat and their children close to his experiences in White set out on the gemini-4 flight his wife said she and her husband lived one Day at a you can t live your life in Advance she said then. You make plans and you have Faith but you must face each Days it backup Crew for Apollo flight the backup Crew now the prime Crew for the Apollo-1 space Mission Are from left Navy cant. Walter m. Schirra jr., air Force maj. Donn f. Siscle and civilian r. Walter Cunningham. At 43, Schirra is the nation s oldest astronaut. He was the Pilot of the fifth Mercury flight in october 1%2,. And co Pilot with Thomas Stafford aboard Geniini-6, a Mission which made history when they mane Vered their spacecraft to within one foot of the twin gemini-7. For Eisele and cunning Ham Apollo a will be their first space flight. Up escape system won t work during test official says White Sands . Up space official said Friday the deaths of three astronauts have been prevented by. The Apollo launch escape system Dur ing a l. Raines manager of the White Sands missile Range manned spacecraft Center said the Accident could not have been i prevented by the escape system with the rocket Gantry in position. Raines said in order for the system to function properly the Apollo would have to be in a launch phase. An escape system would have been activated Only if the capsule would have been inthe process of launch Raines said. I Raines said the Gantry which supports the huge Saturn. Rocket would have prevented the escape system from working. The Way i observe the Accident it took place during a Check out and no escape systems Wouldhave functioned with the Gantry in place Raines said. Chaffee was an astronaut who had talked Many times from the ground with men in space As a capsule communicator but had never been there himself. Just before he left the manned space Craft Center for the final spacecraft tests before the scheduled launch of Apollo-1, Chaffee said he was excited about the Prospect of seeing space for the first time but not one bit scared. He was chosen in the third group of astronauts in october 1963, and during the gemini program served As a space Craft communicator and helped develop communication equipment for use in the Apollo. Apollo-1 plagued from Start Cape Kennedy Fla. A the Apollo-1 spacecraft has been beset by problems throughout it development. At a symposium in Houston last month or. Joseph Shea Apollo program manager at the manned spacecraft Center disclosed the extent of those problems. Shea said Apollo-1 s life support ing environmental control system for example had something Over 200 individual failures Dur ing its qualification program. Even during the final phases of Apollo-1 s checkout and testing hundreds of changes and modifications were being made Ever month. Early last year officials state publicly they hoped to launch the spaceship before the end of 1% i and Blastoff dates were set on the launch pad for november and de Cember. Then a series of problems mostly involving the environment. Al control system delayed the launch until january. Several weeks later in Early december tests in a vacuum chamber wore postponed for two weeks another leak forcing the launch Date to be delayed until feb. 21. Inquiry Board named Cape Kennedy Fla. A a Board of inquiry was appointed saturday to investigate the Accident which killed astronauts Virgil Grissom Edward White and Roger Chaffee Friday night. Or. George e. Mueller National aeronautics and space administration Nas associate administrator for manned space flight named these men or. Floyd Thompson director of Nasa s Langley va., re search Center chairman Max Fagot director of engineering development at the manned spacecraft Center George a. White director of Apollo reliability and Quality Frank Borman Astro naut and John Williams director of spacecraft said bothers will be added inter. Fhe died doing what he wanted Wyoming Mich. Up Don Ald l. Chaffee father of Rookie astronaut Roger Chaffee one of three dead Apollo astronauts said his son died doing the things he wanted to we were conditioned for things like this but it s still an awful Shock Chaffee said. Pacific stars & stripes 5 monday Jan 30, 1967

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