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  • Remembering the Heroes of Apollo ``1’‘

    by Representative Pete Olson

    Posted on 2013-01-22

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    OLSON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, on September 12, 1962, at Rice University, President John Kennedy committed America to put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.

    Unfortunately, tragedy struck America at 6:31 p.m. on January 27, 1967. During a ground test of the Apollo crew module, a fire broke out. Within a few minutes, three brave space pioneers had lost their lives.

    We lost Roger Chaffee, who was training for his first mission into space. We lost Gus Grissom, the second American in space behind Alan Shepard; and we lost Ed White, the first American to do a space walk, and the man my elementary school in Houston was named after.

    Two-and-a-half years after the Apollo 1 fire, Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the Moon. It was a giant leap for mankind, one that would not have happened without the sacrifice of the Apollo 1 crew. May the world always remember these heroes.


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