During a training exercise in the Apollo 1 command module on January 27, 1967, a flash fire, later determined to be caused by exposed wiring in the highly pressurized, oxygen-saturated environment, engulfed the capsule. Within minutes, all three crew members, unable to escape from the tightly sealed capsule, had perished in the most deadly American space-related accident until the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger nearly two decades later. Extremely rare color 10 x 8 original NASA litho of the Apollo 1 crew posing in their blue flightsuits with a module of their capsule on a table before them, signed in black felt tip, “Ed White,” “Gus Grissom,” and “Rog Chaffee.” In fine condition. Pre-certified Scott Cornish and RR Auction COA.
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