On the anniversary of the deadly Jan. 27, 1967, Apollo 1 fire, LIFE remembers astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
I can’t recommend this photo tribute enough. Instead of focusing on the actual tragedy, it focuses on the lives of the crew and shows us why they were so special. (It also contains some great pictures that I’ve never seen before.)
James Van Allen once told me that the pursuit of knowledge was a sufficient answer for questions about applicability of space exploration. It’s all about understanding who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. We’re all the stuff of stars, and now we’re actually examining that ‘stuff’.