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How a 'Non-Hazardous' NASA Mission Turned Deadly

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How a 'Non-Hazardous' NASA Mission Turned Deadly

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In 1967, a horrific fire broke out during a routine pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission, at Cape Kennedy, Florida. It would claim the lives of three NASA astronauts.

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In the mid-1960s, the dream of reaching the moon is closer than ever to becoming a reality. After years on the learning curve with Projects Mercury and Gemini, the world watches as the Apollo program nears its first launch. But in January 1967, America stumbles tragically when Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee die in a flash fire during a routine ground test. The future of the space program is in jeopardy until the Saturn V lifts the hopes of NASA and the nation into the stratosphere.

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