10 Facts About Apollo 1


Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the Apollo program, the American undertaking to land the first man on the Moon.

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The name Apollo 1, chosen by the crew, was made official by NASA in their honor after the fire.

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Apollo 1'sa gave his staff orders to tell North American to remove the flammables from the cabin, but did not supervise the issue personally.

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Apollo 1's testimony contradicted the official report concerning the position of Grissom's body.

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Apollo 1 gave an oral presentation of his team's findings to Mueller and Seamans, and presented them in a memo to North American president John L Atwood, to which Mueller appended his own strongly worded memo to Atwood.

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Potential political threat to Apollo blew over, due in large part to the support of President Lyndon B Johnson, who at the time still wielded a measure of influence with the Congress from his own Senatorial experience.

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Apollo 1 was a staunch supporter of NASA since its inception, had even recommended the Moon program to President John F Kennedy in 1961, and was skilled at portraying it as part of Kennedy's legacy.

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Apollo 1'sa was asked to take an extended voluntary leave of absence, but Apollo 1'sa refused, threatening to resign rather than take leave.

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The names of the Apollo 1 crew are among those of multiple astronauts who have died in the line of duty, listed on the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, Florida.

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The "Dedicated to the living memory of the crew of the Apollo 1" plaque is quoted at the end of Wayne Hale's Requiem for the NASA Space Shuttle program.

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