Roger Bruce Chaffee

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Chaffee, Roger Bruce


Born Feb. 15, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; died Jan. 27, 1967, on a launch pad at Cape Kennedy. US astronaut and pilot; lieutenant commander in the US Navy.

Chaffee graduated in 1957 from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautical engineering and then served at a naval air station in Florida. He entered the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1963. That same year, Chaffee was among a group selected for astronaut training by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was chosen with V. Grissom and E. White to be a crew member on the first flight of the Apollo spacecraft. Chaffee died with Grissom and White in a fire that swept through the command module of the spacecraft during a launch rehearsal. A crater on the far side of the moon has been named for Chaffee.

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