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    WASHINGTON--SPACE ADMINISTRATOR JAMES E. WEBB SPOKE TODAY OF A POSSIBLE DELAY, INTO 1970, OF THE?

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    WASHINGTON--SPACE ADMINISTRATOR JAMES E. WEBB SPOKE TODAY OF A POSSIBLE DELAY, INTO 1970, OF THE APOLLO MAN-ON-THE-MOON PROGRAM BUT DECLINED ANY SPECIFIC ESTIMATE ON EFFECTS OF THE FIRE WHICH KILLED THREE APOLLO ASTRONAUTS.

    WEBB AND HIS TOP AIDES GAVE THE SENATE SPACE COMMITTEE A BRIEFING ON THE THIRD REPORT TO NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE JANUARY 27TH FIRE AT CAPE KENNEDY. IN THE COURSE OF THEIR REPORT DR. CHARLES A. BERRY M.D., ADVISED THE COMMITTEE THAT "INHALATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE" KILLED ASTRONAUTS VIRGIL GRISSOM, EDWARD WHITE AND ROGER CHAFFEE.

    BERRY'S COMMENTS WERE AN ELABORATION OF THE PREVIOUS NASA ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE ASTRONAUTS DIED FROM ASPHYXIATION. BERRY TESTIFIED TODAY THAT "THE CREW DID HAVE SOME THERMAL BURNS OF SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE (INVOLVING ALL LAYERS OF THE AFFECTED SKIN BUT WITHOUT CHARRING) BUT THESE WERE NOT OF SUFFICIENT MAGNITUDE TO CAUSE DEATH."
    DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR THE THREE ASTRONAUTS STATED THE CAUSE OF DEATH AS "ASPHYXIATION DUE TO SMOKE INHALATION." REFINING THAT STATEMENT, BERRY SAID MEDICAL ANALYSIS AND TOXICOLOGY STUDIES NOW PERMIT A REFINEMENT OF THAT STATEMENT TO CENTER ON INHALATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE ALTHOUGH "THE PATHOLOGICAL STUDIES ALSO CONFIRM SMOKE INHALATION."
    BERRY TESTIFIED THAT A DETERMINATION OF HOW THE CARBON MONOXIDE CAME TO BE INHALED BY THE ASTRONAUTS MUST WAIT FURTHER INQUIRY. HE SAID, HOWEVER, THAT "A RAPID BUILD UP OF CARBON MONOXIDE IN THE BLOOD COULD RESULT IN UNCONSCIOUSNESS IN SECOND AND DEATH VERY RAPIDLY THEREAFTER."
    HE TESTIFIED THAT IT IS "TENTATIVELY" BELIEVED THAT THE THREE ASTRONAUTS BECAME UNCONSCIOUS 18 TO 20 SECONDS AFTER FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE SPACE CAPSULE ATOP A SATURN ROCKET AT CAPE KENNEDY.

    WEBB AND HIS AIDES, WHO ALSO INCLUDED DR. ROBERT C. SEAMANS JR., THE DEPUTY NASA ADMINISTRATOR, DECLINED TO ESTIMATE, POSSIBLE DELAY IN THE APOLLO PROGRAM OR THE COST OF REMEDIAL EFFORTS OUTLINED IN THE THIRD PROGRESS REPORT MADE PUBLIC BY NASA ON SATURDAY. SUCH A REPORT MUST AWAIT THE END OF THE INQUIRY AND MAY BE POSSIBLE EARLY IN APRIL, THEY SAID.

    QUESTIONED FURTHER AS TO HOW MUCH THE ACCIDENT MAY SLOW UP THE OVER-ALL APOLLO PROGRAM, WEBB SAID IT IS POSSIBLE INVESTIGATORS WILL BE ABLE TO IRON OUT OTHER UNSUSPECTED WEAKNESS IN THE SYSTEM, NOT RELATED TO THE FIRE, AND THUS "WE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCELERATE ENOUGH TO MAKE UP FOR THIS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA483JGUFH0F2EI412SS095KYXW
    Media URN:
    VLVA483JGUFH0F2EI412SS095KYXW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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