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Roger B. Chaffee

Roger B. Chaffee

  • Status: Lost In Training
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 02/15/1935
  • Date of Death: 01/27/1967
  • First Flight: 01/27/1967
  • Last Flight: 01/27/1967


Roger B. Chaffee, a American astronaut affiliated with the government agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

Roger Bruce Chaffee was an American naval officer, aviator, and aeronautical engineer who was a NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. Along with thirteen other pilots, Chaffee was selected to be an astronaut as part of NASA Astronaut Group 3 in 1963. He served as capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 missions and received his first spaceflight assignment in 1966 as the third-ranking pilot on Apollo 1. In 1967, he died in a fire along with fellow astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test for the mission at what was then the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch Complex 34, Florida. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and a second Air Medal.

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