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NASA opens exhibit on 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 fire

8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, January 27 2017 Jan 27, 2017 January 27, 2017 12:57 PM January 27, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA is opening an exhibit honoring the astronauts in the Apollo 1 fire - 50 years to the day they died.

The hatch from the burning spacecraft is the main draw. It had been concealed, along with the capsule, for a half-century. On Friday's anniversary, the hatch that trapped Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee inside their capsule at the launch pad is finally going on display.

The public exhibit at Florida's Kennedy Space Center also includes the redesigned hatch on the spacecraft that sent men to the moon.

Families of the Apollo 1 crew got a private tour Wednesday and attended a memorial Thursday. Friday evening, they'll gather at the abandoned pad where the accident occurred Jan. 27, 1967.

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