Prime crew for the first manned Apollo mission practice water egress procedures with full scale boilerplate model of their spacecraft

Prime crew for the first manned Apollo mission practice water egress procedures with full scale boilerplate model of their spacecraft

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    alan_bickerstaff

    The Apollo 1 fire was a tragedy for all involved. The irony is, that if the fire hadn’t happened, the weaknesses in North American Aviation’s quality and management systems would not have been exposed. The result would probably have been a fatal accident in orbit or en-route to the Moon and would almost certainly have scuppered any attempt to fulfil Kennedy’s challenge of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the decade was out. It’s also generally accepted that, if the fire hadn’t happened, Gus Grissom would have been the likeliest candidate for commander of the first lunar landing.

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