At 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, I will be discussing the Apollo 1 tragedy and the life of the mission's commander, Gus Grissom, at the Lawrence County Museum of History and the Edward L. Hutton Research Library, 929 15th Street, Bedford, Indiana.
On Friday, January 27, 1967, NASA engaged in yet another step on the long journey to the moon by attempting a simulated countdown of the three-man Apollo spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center's Pad 34. At one o'clock in the afternoon astronauts Roger Chaffee, a rookie and the youngest person ever selected to join the astronaut corps; Ed White, the first American to walk in space; and Mitchell, Indiana, native Grissom, the first American to fly in space twice; entered the Apollo command module, built by North American Aviation. They never made it out alive.
The Apollo 1 lecture if free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lucy Hawkins at (812) 279-8575.
In addition to the Apollo 1 lecture, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, I will be at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, to talk about my book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary for the library's American Heritage Roundtable. For more information, call Dave Eisen at 259-5277, ext. 300.