Enlarge / The crew of Apollo 1 crosses the gantry to the spacecraft on the day of the fire, Jan. 27, 1967. (credit: NASA) On a gray January afternoon in Houston, Walt Cunningham leaned into his Eames Lounge Chair and clasped his hands behind his head, the better to try and bend his thoughts back across five decades. Source: The hell of Apollo 1: Pure oxygen, a single spark, and death in 17 seconds
Image: NASA/JPL With his passing earlier today , John Glenn is being remembered as not only the first American to orbit the Earth, but also the oldest. Here’s why NASA sent a 77-year-old man into space, and how his historic trip set space science forward. Source: Why NASA Sent John Glen Back to Space at the Age of 77 Amazing.