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Roger B. Chaffee

Selected in NASA’s third group of astronauts in 1963, Roger B. Chaffee was to make his first spaceflight on the AS-204 mission, the first of the Apollo program. On January 27, 1967, his life, along with his two crewmates, was tragically lost in a flash fire that sparked inside the command module.

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Roger B. Chaffee

Learn more about Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, including when he was selected by NASA to be an astronaut, his flight experience, education, background and more. 

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Apollo 204 pilot Roger B. Chaffee suits up on January 17, 1967 at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for training aboard the spacecraft at launch complex 34.

Apollo 1

On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy during a preflight test for Apollo 204. The mission was to be the first crewed flight of the Apollo program. Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the command module.

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Manned Spacecraft Center Director Robert R. Gilruth (far right) introduces the Apollo 1 crew during press conference in Houston. Sitting next to Gilruth are (from left) astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward H. White II, and Gus Grissom. (1966)