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50 years ago, America had its first space disaster

Aeronautics enthusiasts are gearing up to commemorate the fatal Apollo 1 disaster, which took place on January 27, 1967, and nearly derailed the space race. During a launch test, a cabin fire broke out and killed all three crew members—the first fatalities of the nascent U.S. space program. Smithsonian.com has a thoughtful look at the … Continue reading “50 years ago, America had its first space disaster”

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Aeronautics enthusiasts are gearing up to commemorate the fatal Apollo 1 disaster, which took place on January 27, 1967, and nearly derailed the space race. During a launch test, a cabin fire broke out and killed all three crew members—the first fatalities of the nascent U.S. space program. Smithsonian.com has a thoughtful look at the disaster’s legacy and why it still matters.

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The visitor complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is holding a day of remembrance today, which is available to view via live-stream here. The complex is also debuting a new exhibit this week. The Apollo capsule hatch will be on display

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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