January 27, 2013

46 years Ago Today

Apollo 1.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 04:31 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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One of the problems was that the capsule had pure oxygen in it. And a lot of things that won't hardly even burn in normal air will burn explosively in a pure oxygen atmosphere.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jan 27 17:02:29 2013 (+rSRq)

2 Indeed.
That was the crux of why it was a scandal and not just a tragic learning curve. Pure O2 has some advantages for spacecraft but North American didn't bother to test their "fireproof" materials in pure O2. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jan 27 17:33:47 2013 (vp6an)

3 Also, the hatch opened inwards, and between the pressure test and the overpressure caused by the fire, there was no way to open it.

After that, all hatches opened outwards, and had explosive bolts too.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jan 27 23:34:49 2013 (cZPoz)

4 Dick Scobee took me to see that museum once...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Mon Jan 28 23:48:44 2013 (pWQz4)

5 Wow.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Jan 29 00:19:59 2013 (vp6an)

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