Captain Ed over at Captain's Quarters remembers the Apollo I fire that happened 40 years ago today.
Here are NASA'a bios of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. Without their sacrifice, the United States would never have won the race to the moon.
"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."
-Gus Grissom (John Barbour et al., Footprints on the Moon (The Associated Press, 1969), p. 125.)