This special exhibit tells the story of the 1967 Apollo I tragedy when, during routine tests, fire engulfed the command capsule and took the lives of astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. Through rare photographs, artifacts and narrative, the exhibit explores this pivotal event, which riveted the attention of a heartbroken nation, set new standards of heroism and service to our country and changed the course of space exploration in America.
The exhibition also explores Intrepid’s role in the U.S. space program through words and photographs, including one of astronaut Scott Carpenter walking past the area that now serves as the Museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery, where “27 Seconds” will be on display.
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