Kansas space exhibit recalls Apollo accident

January 27, 2017 - 8:48 am
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A Hutchinson museum is opening an exhibit Friday to honor the 50th anniversary of the fatal Apollo 1 test mission.

The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/2kbptZG ) reports The Cosmosphere's new exhibit, "Apollo 1: Valiant Pioneer," tells the story of the cabin fire that killed three astronaut pilots on board during a launch rehearsal test. The exhibit also highlights changes made to space missions to ensure a similar accident doesn't occur.

Apollo 1 was NASA's first manned mission in the Apollo program. It was created with the aim of landing a human on the moon.

The exhibit features artifacts including emergency egress plans and thank-you cards sent by families following the deaths of Command Pilot Virgil I. Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II and Pilot Roger B Chaffee.
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