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A statue of Grand Rapids native and Apollo Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee will be unveiled Saturday, May 19th in downtown Grand Rapids.

Roger B. Chaffee was a Grand Rapids Central High School graduate and pilot of NASA’s Apollo 1 mission.

Newsreel audio: “Apollo astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White and Gus Grissom lose their lives in a tragic flash fire aboard their grounded space capsule. The tragedy occurred during a simulated countdown for the first flight of the Apollo program whose goal is to put a man on the moon by 1970.”

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum welcomes former Astronaut Jack Lousma to honor the memory of Roger B. Chaffee 50 years after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. We speak with Jack this morning.

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and  NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module.  We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.

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Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut and Grand Rapids native, is being honored in an upcoming event, titled, “Roger That.”  Chaffee died during testing on Apollo One in 1967.  Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are hosting a two day symposium.

The  two day symposium entitled, “Roger That”, will be held in February in honor of Grand Rapids native, Roger B. Chaffee.  Organizers say the date is tied to Chaffee’s birthday and of course, his death on Apollo One in 1967.