At the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, National Aeronautics and Space Agency officials?
At the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, National Aeronautics and Space Agency officials continue to examine the burned out Apollo space capsule in which three astronauts died Friday, 27 January.
All evidence about the cause of the fire is being sifted and will be evaluated while the United States Apollo space program more or less marks time. It is possible the exact cause of the fire in the Capoolo capsule will never be known.
While investigations in the burned out capsule continue, officials of NASA met with various representatives of the major companies that work on the Apollo project to discuss ways of minimizing delays in the future as a result of the accident.
According to officials at the Space Center, a number of new safety procedures on the launching pad and in the spacecraft are likely to be ordered. A new hatch, which could be blown free in a matter of seconds, in an emergency, is one possibility. Reports about the fire that killed Lt. Colonel Virgil Grissom, Lt. Colonel Edward White and Lt. Commander Roger Chaffee say the men lived 12 to 15 seconds after they detected the fire, and that they tried vainly to get out.
The board of inquiry, meanwhile, continued its investigation under tight secrecy. Unofficial reports at the Cape, say the board was told by panels of engineers about various analysis of data recorded during the accident and about the search for clues through the charred spacecraft.
The debris has now been carefully removed from around the three couches in the spacecraft, which remains attached to its rocket atop launching pad 34. Fire specialists are inspecting the capsule over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday (5/6 February).