Saturday, January 27, 2007

Apollo 1 Fire: 40 Years Ago Today

The Bad Astronomer, Dr. Phil Plait, pays tribute to the astronauts who perished in the Apollo 1 fire on this day in 1967.
But I’ll take this opportunity to make a point. People die. When they push back frontiers, when they explore, when they stand on the vanguard of what is known and what isn’t, the chances of catastrophe are higher. The best we can do is try as hard as we can to minimize those risks. Of course, the way to make risks absolutely minimized is to go nowhere, do nothing.

That is unacceptable. Ships are safest in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

Bad Astronomy Blog - Apollo 1 fire: 40 years ago today

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Well stated Rich.....what fun would life be without just a bit of risk now and then??? Pretty stagnant and boring i would think!!!! Mia :)

  2. El Marpla said...

    QEPD, thats spanish for R.i.p.

    they made history.