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Apollo 1

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1-DVD of rare material on Apollo 1, from preparation through the accident inquiry

Region 0 (Worldwide) – Running time over 4.5 hours

Description

On January 27, 1967, less than a month before their scheduled first Apollo flight, a fire swept through the Apollo 1 command module, killing all three crew members.

This DVD contains unique material surrounding the Apollo 1 mission and accidental fire, including footage of crew training, preparation, detailed material on the accident including rare audio recordings, plus over 350 photos on the mission and over 100 photos taken in the course of the Apollo Review Board investigation. With over 4.5 hours of material, this DVD is the most comprehensive audio-visual material assembled on the tragedy of Apollo 1.


Note on the Spacecraft Communications Audio:

The production of this DVD was an emotional journey which began several years ago when I first starting researching the material we might place upon it. During this search, I discovered the complete spacecraft communications audio was not restricted. The recording was, in fact, open to the public in a research room. My initial thought was that we would not include it in this set.

Later I learned that the audio had been previously broadcast uncut on the ABC television network during their coverage of the first space shuttle mission.

As I listened to the material myself, the Apollo 1 fire was transformed from a historical event into a human tragedy with definable features. I felt a deeper understanding of the loss we suffered with Apollo 1 than I ever had before.

We have included the uncut audio in this DVD set.

We included the audio because it is part of the story of Apollo 1, and space flight is a dangerous business. The conquest of space has already cost several human lives, and will doubtless cost more. This cost in precious treasure should be faced directly, and as the mission of Spacecraft Films has been to present the history of space exploration in as real a manner as possible, I felt this record should be included. Since one cannot “look away from a sound” we have also provided an edited version of this material should you wish to refrain from hearing the very short but disturbing last transmission.

Mark Gray, Spacecraft Films


Detailed DVD Contents

The Crew of Apollo 1

APOLLO1CREWMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Short tributes to the crew members of Apollo 1.

Gus Grissom - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Command Pilot. Features footage from Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3 and Apollo 1. Includes rare footage of Gus getting his astronaut's wings and more. (2:47)
Gus Grissom – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Command Pilot. Features footage from Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3 and Apollo 1. Includes rare footage of Gus getting his astronaut’s wings and more. (2:47)
Ed White - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Senior Pilot. With rare footage of White at a Brooks Air Force Base appearance, material from his Gemini 4 flight, and rare footage of the receipt of his astronaut's wings. (2:23)
Ed White – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Senior Pilot. With rare footage of White at a Brooks Air Force Base appearance, material from his Gemini 4 flight, and rare footage of the receipt of his astronaut’s wings. (2:23)
Roger Chaffee - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Pilot. Footage includes mission training and survival training. (2:05)
Roger Chaffee – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Pilot. Footage includes mission training and survival training. (2:05)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Apollo 

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Preparation for the first Apollo mission, leading up to, and including the accident.

North American - Footage from crew visits to North American Aviation, the contractor for the Apollo spacecraft. Audio from the first Apollo 1 press briefing with the prime and backup crews. (25:21)
North American – Footage from crew visits to North American Aviation, the contractor for the Apollo spacecraft. Audio from the first Apollo 1 press briefing with the prime and backup crews. (25:21)
Visit to Marshall Space Flight Center - Footage from a prime crew visit to Marshall. Audio continues from press conference announcing crew. (12:11)
Visit to Marshall Space Flight Center – Footage from a prime crew visit to Marshall. Audio continues from press conference announcing crew. (12:11)
Altitude Chamber - Footage from altitude chamber runs with the Apollo 1 spacecraft, including footage of suit up. Audio from Apollo 1 simulation run and commentary by Spacecraft Films' producer Mark Gray. (21:58)
Altitude Chamber – Footage from altitude chamber runs with the Apollo 1 spacecraft, including footage of suit up. Audio from Apollo 1 simulation run and commentary by Spacecraft Films’ producer Mark Gray. (21:58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simulator - Footage from press day with the crew inside the command module simulator. Audio from debriefing at end of an Apollo 1 simulation. (13:32)
Simulator – Footage from press day with the crew inside the command module simulator. Audio from debriefing at end of an Apollo 1 simulation. (13:32)
Press Day - Footage taken from a press photo opportunity two days before the fire, on January 25, 1967. Audio commentary by Mark Gray. (5:52)
Press Day – Footage taken from a press photo opportunity two days before the fire, on January 25, 1967. Audio commentary by Mark Gray. (5:52)
Emergency Egress - The documentation on this footage says it is "emergency egress," but because an emergency egress run-through was to be performed at the end of the plugs-out test, and the fact that Deke Slayton is with the crew in this footage tends toward the possibility that this is footage from January 27. If so, this is the last motion picture footage of the crew prior to the fire. Audio from comments by Wernher von Braun and Gus Grissom. (1:18)
Emergency Egress – The documentation on this footage says it is “emergency egress,” but because an emergency egress run-through was to be performed at the end of the plugs-out test, and the fact that Deke Slayton is with the crew in this footage tends toward the possibility that this is footage from January 27. If so, this is the last motion picture footage of the crew prior to the fire. Audio from comments by Wernher von Braun and Gus Grissom. (1:18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncut and edited versions of the spacecraft audio, with captions and key events noted. Chapter stops at 6:05pm, 6:10, 6:15, 6:20, etc. The fire occurred at 6:31pm. Timeline picks up approximately 30 minutes prior to the fire. No footage exists of the fire, including no videotape record of the cameras monitoring the spacecraft, per the Apollo Review Board.
Uncut and edited versions of the spacecraft audio, with captions and key events noted. Chapter stops at 6:05pm, 6:10, 6:15, 6:20, etc. The fire occurred at 6:31pm. Timeline picks up approximately 30 minutes prior to the fire.
No footage exists of the fire, including no videotape record of the cameras monitoring the spacecraft, per the Apollo Review Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review Board

REVIEWBOARD

 

 

 

 

 

Post-fire examination, disassembly of the spacecraft, and the investigation

Post Fire Inspection - Press pool footage of the spacecraft still on pad 34 after the fire. Exterior, interior and areas immediately surrounding the spacecraft. Audio from an initial meeting of the Apollo Review Board. (5:30)
Post Fire Inspection – Press pool footage of the spacecraft still on pad 34 after the fire. Exterior, interior and areas immediately surrounding the spacecraft. Audio from an initial meeting of the Apollo Review Board. (5:30)
CM Removal - Preparation and removal of the command module from pad 34, transportation to the pyrotechnic installation building at KSC. Includes footage of the removal of the launch escape tower. Audio commentary by Stephen Clemmons, member of the NAA spacecraft crew on Pad 34 during the fire. (28:50)
CM Removal – Preparation and removal of the command module from pad 34, transportation to the pyrotechnic installation building at KSC. Includes footage of the removal of the launch escape tower. Audio commentary by Stephen Clemmons, member of the NAA spacecraft crew on Pad 34 during the fire. (28:50)
SM Removal - Preparation and removal of the service module from pad 34 and transportation to the operations and checkout building at KSC. Audio from Joe Shea's comments to team a few days after fire. (12:12)
SM Removal – Preparation and removal of the service module from pad 34 and transportation to the operations and checkout building at KSC. Audio from Joe Shea’s comments to team a few days after fire. (12:12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CM Disassembly - Footage of the disassembly of the spacecraft. Includes a look at various internal pieces removed while the CM was still on the pad (couches, etc.). Audio from ARB testimony of Jim Gleaves, on level 8, Pad 34 during fire. (38:54)
CM Disassembly – Footage of the disassembly of the spacecraft. Includes a look at various internal pieces removed while the CM was still on the pad (couches, etc.). Audio from ARB testimony of Jim Gleaves, on level 8, Pad 34 during fire. (38:54)
Block 1 Configuration - A look at the configuration of the Apollo spacecraft inside and out, from footage taken inside and outside of a spacecraft mockup and spacecraft 014. Audio from Borman team's inspection of spacecraft 1/29/67. (8:26)
Block 1 Configuration – A look at the configuration of the Apollo spacecraft inside and out, from footage taken inside and outside of a spacecraft mockup and spacecraft 014. Audio from Borman team’s inspection of spacecraft 1/29/67. (8:26)
Investigation - Sampling of footage showing some of the activities of the Apollo review board in searching for the cause of the accident. Audio from Borman team's inspection, continued.
Investigation – Sampling of footage showing some of the activities of the Apollo review board in searching for the cause of the accident. Audio from Borman team’s inspection, continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial

MEMORIALMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Footage from the astronaut’s memorial services

Andrews Air Force Base - Grissom and Chaffee arrive at Andrews prior to their burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Inlcudes VOA transmission on astronaut's funeral arrangements (6:11)
Andrews Air Force Base – Grissom and Chaffee arrive at Andrews prior to their burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Inlcudes VOA transmission on astronaut’s funeral arrangements (6:11)
Grissom Funeral - January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Grissom Funeral – January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Chaffee Funeral - January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Chaffee Funeral – January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Funeral - January 31, 1967 West Point Cemetery.
White Funeral – January 31, 1967 West Point Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Materials

BONUSMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Additional material surrounding the crew, mission and accident of Apollo 1

Gus Gets His Wings - Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard are awarded their astronaut wings. (B&W) (4:41)
Gus Gets His Wings – Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard are awarded their astronaut wings. (B&W) (4:41)
Ed White At Brooks - Ed White's speech at Brooks Air Force base after his Gemini 4 flight, standing at the podium where JFK gave his last address. (22:30)
Ed White At Brooks – Ed White’s speech at Brooks Air Force base after his Gemini 4 flight, standing at the podium where JFK gave his last address. (22:30)
Photographs - Over 350 photographs surrounding the mission of Apollo 1, as compiled by J.L. Pickering, plus over 100 photos from the Apollo Review Board materials documenting the spacecraft and level 8 at pad 34.
Photographs – Over 350 photographs surrounding the mission of Apollo 1, as compiled by J.L. Pickering, plus over 100 photos from the Apollo Review Board materials documenting the spacecraft and level 8 at pad 34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Footage courtesy NASA, The National Archives, and the U.S. Air Force.

Thanks to Benny Cheney at NASA JSC, Houston, J.L. Pickering of Retro Space Images for his always stunning collection of photographs, and to all those who provided support in making decisions regarding the presentation and production of this DVD collection. Film to tape transfers by Bono Film and Video, Arlington, VA.

This DVD ©2007 Spacecraft Films. All Rights Reserved. Produced by Mark Gray.

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