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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-17-2007 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Moves Apollo 1 Capsule to New Storage Facility

NASA moved the Apollo 1 capsule and related materials about 90 feet to a newer, environmentally-controlled warehouse at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 17. The move provides better protection for the spacecraft.

Despite routine repairs made throughout the years, the original secure storage container where the vehicle was housed has been deteriorating. NASA officials determined that, due to its age, the container could not be maintained effectively to preserve the capsule.

Astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee died when a flash fire swept through the spacecraft during a launch pad test at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 27, 1967. Originally known as the AS-204 mission, it was renamed Apollo 1 in honor of the crew.

As directed by the Apollo 204 Review Board, the capsule has been maintained at Langley. The review board's accident report made recommendations that led to design and engineering changes and increased the overall safety for future Apollo missions and six successful lunar landings.

Robert Pearlman
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For those unfamiliar with the original "secure storage container" used to house the Apollo 1 command module and its related materials for the past 40 years, these NASA photos (scans courtesy J.L. Pickering via Mark Gray) were taken on April 20, 1990.

Langley Storage facility which housed remains of Apollo 1 spacecraft.

Some of the 81 cartons of related hardware and investigative data that occupied the 3,330 cubic feet of storage space.

The Apollo 1 command module as seen in storage at Langley Research Center in Virginia.

In May 1990, NASA announced plans to move the hardware to permanent storage with the Challenger debris in an abandoned missile silo at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida. However, at month's end, NASA announced it had decided to keep the capsule at Langley for an indefinite period of time.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-18-2007 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot reports about the Apollo 1 capsule's move.
[Langley spokesman Chris] Rink said the capsule was partly disassembled during the fire investigation in 1967, so two large pieces needed to be moved on Saturday - an inner shell and the outer shell that most people recognize as the capsule. Both pieces were lifted by crane onto a flatbed truck for transport to the new building. Some boxes also were moved, he said.

Workers had a safety briefing at 7:30 a.m. and finished the move by 3 p.m.

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