America remembers astronauts lost in Apollo 1 fire 50 years ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - People in NASA as well as around the country are remembering the three astronauts killed in the Apollo 1 tragedy, which happened 50 years ago today.

On this anniversary, NASA is opening an Apollo 1 exhibit featuring the hatch that prevented the three astronauts from escaping. The families of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee got an early look on Wednesday.

Hundreds gathered at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday to honor the three men.  They died at the launch pad, inside their burning spacecraft, on Jan. 27, 1967.

The Huntsville community will remember the astronauts too.  This morning, Grissom High School will hold two assemblies.

Marshall Space Flight Center will hold an event next Tuesday, Jan. 31 as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, to honor the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia.

Among the many astronauts attending Thursday's ceremony at were the two surviving crew members of Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke.