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    THE LEADERS OF THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAMME GATHERED WITH ROGER CHAFFEE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT?

  • Description

    THE LEADERS OF THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAMME GATHERED WITH ROGER CHAFFEE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT WEBSTER, TEXAS, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) TO TAKE PART IN A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE 31-YEAR-OLD ASTRONAUT KILLED IN FRIDAY'S APOLLO DISASTER. ABOVE THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FELLOW ASTRONAUTS FLEW THEIR TRAINING JETS IN A DIAMOND-SHAPED FORMATION. ONE POSITION WAS LEFT OPEN IN THE TRADITIONAL PILOTS TRIBUTE.

    CHAFFEE'S WIDOW, MARTHA, ARRIVED WITH HER TWO CHILDREN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY. THEY ENTERED THROUGH A BACK DOOR AND LEFT THE SAME WAY. THE CHURCH, WHICH SEATS 250 WITH EXTRA CHAIRS, WAS FILLED. AMONG THOSE WHO CAME WERE DOCTOR GEORGE. A MUELLER, HEAD OF MANNED SPACE FLIGHT FOR NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION; MAJOR GENERAL SAMUEL. C. PHILLIPS, DIRECTOR OF THE APOLLO PROGRAMME; OTHER KEY OFFICIALS AND CHAFFEE'S FELLOW ASTRONAUTS.

    CHAFFEE WAS KILLED ON FRIDAY IN AN APOLLO SPACE CRAFT DURING A REHEARSAL WITH ASTRONAUTS VIRGIL GRISSOM AND EDWARD WHITE FOR AMERICA'S FIRST THREE MAN SPACE FLIGHT. HE WILL BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, NEAR WASHINGTON, ON TUESDAY.

    AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE THE REVERED EARNEST DIMALINE SAID OF CHAFFEE...

    "HIS LIFE WOULD SAY TO US THAT WE SHOULD NEVER BE COMFORTED BUT WE SHOULD BE CHALLENGED, DARED TO GO BEYOND THE LIMIT OF OURSELVES TO REACH ETERNALLY INTO THE FUTURE. HIS QUESTIONING SPIRIT WOULD SAY TO US: GO WITH GOD, SEARCH OUT HIS CATHEDRAL IN THE MIND AND SPIRIT AND OF THE ETERNITY OF AN INFINITE STATE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79P7I2CDVSBYZW4LP0RV8F3R
    Media URN:
    VLVA79P7I2CDVSBYZW4LP0RV8F3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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