Remembering the crew of Apollo On January astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee perished in a fire during a pre-launch test for what was to be the first piloted Apollo mission.
the crew of Apollo 1 was killed when fire engulfed their spacecraft during a ground test. The disaster stalled America's race to the moon for a year and a half. See how the Apollo 1 fire tragedy happened in our full infographic.