• Short Summary

    OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE AGENCY AT CAPE KENNEDY HAVE REPORTED THAT THE FIRE IN WHICH THREE ASTRONAUTS DIED LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WAS CAUSED BY OXYGEN IN THE CAPSULE BEING IGNITED.

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    OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE AGENCY AT CAPE KENNEDY HAVE REPORTED THAT THE FIRE IN WHICH THREE ASTRONAUTS DIED LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WAS CAUSED BY OXYGEN IN THE CAPSULE BEING IGNITED.

    THOSE KILLED WERE VIRGIL GRISSOM, EDWARD WHITE - THE FIRST AMERICAN SPACE FLIER TO WALK IN SPACE - AND ROGER CHAFFEE.

    THE FLIGHT CAPSULE CONTAINED PURE OXYGEN WITH A PRESSURE OF 16 POUNDS INCH (1.K.G. PER SQUARE C.M.). OFFICIALS OF THE SPACE AGENCY SAID THERE WAS NO WAY THE THREE SPACE FLIERS COULD HAVE ESCAPED.

    THE APOLLO PROGRAMME IS THE AMERICAN MANNED MOON PROBE PROJECT. LAST NIGHT'S DISASTER IS EXPECTED TO PUT THE PROGRAMME SEVERAL MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE.

    A FULL-SCALE INQUIRY INTO THE TRAGEDY HAS ALREADY BEGUN, AND A NUMBER HAVE CALLED FOR A REVIEW OF SAFETY PROCEDURES.

    THE THREE ASTRONAUTS WERE TAKING PART IN ONE OF A SERIES OF TESTS AIMED AT OVERCOMING ANY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS IN THE SPACECRAFT. THEY WERE THE FIRST TO DIE DURING OPERATIONAL TESTS OF SPACE FLIGHTS. AN OFFICIAL OF THE SPACE AGENCY, MR. PAUL HANEY, SAID THE CAPSULE HAD BEEN FILLED WITH OXYGEN. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE ASTRONAUTS WERE AWARE OF THE HAZARDS INVOLVED IN THEIR WORK.

    SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH, VIRGIL GRISSOM, AGED 40, A VETERAN OF TWO EARLIER SPACE FLIGHTS, SPOKE OF THE INHERENT RISKS FACED BY ALL EARLY SPACE EXPLORERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADA8ZSGCTUL19R39F9GHV94SJ2
    Media URN:
    VLVADA8ZSGCTUL19R39F9GHV94SJ2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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