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Apollo 1 was scheduled to be the first manned mission of the U.S. Apollo manned lunar landing program, with a target launch date of February 21, 1967. A cabin fire during a launch pad test on January 27, 46 years ago today, at Launch Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral killed all three crew members—Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and PilotRoger B. Chaffee—and destroyed the Command Module.

The photo above shows the astronauts at the launch pad 10 days before the fire and below the crew hanging out with the Command Module in a swimming pool while testing it’s water landing equipement.

It is a rough week in history for NASA. Tomorrow, January 28th will mark the 27th anniversary of Challenger, and Friday, February 1, will be 10th anniversary of Columbia.

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