Monday, January 27, 2003

Chafee, Grissom & White:

Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire. I was not old enough to appreciate the importance of the event when it actually occurred, but I imagine it was much like the Challenger disaster. Some people cared, and most did not. Space is a dangerous place, and the equipment we use to get there is complicated, cranky, and built by the lowest bidder. I certainly donĀ“t put the entire blame for the event on the contractor for the command module, because the process of designing, building and testing all of the components of Apollo was a very interactive process between private industry and government. Sometimes, these lessons are very expensive. This theme will be continued tomorrow (above) with the Challenger incident.


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