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Chaffee, Roger Bruce

Born: 1935 AD
Died: 1967 AD, at 31 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Astronauts


1935 - Born on February 15th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  American astronaut selected by NASA to fly on the first Apollo manned mission.

1948 - Chaffee branched out his interests once again by becoming a member of a local Boy Scout troop.

1953 - Roger Chaffee graduated in the top fifth of his class from Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

         - NROTC offered Chaffee a Naval scholarship and in September, he began the fall semester at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

1954 - Chaffee was scheduled to report for duty onboard the battleship.

1957 - Chaffee received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and immediately joined the Navy.

         - Married to Martha Horn.

1958 - He reported for aircraft carrier training duty on November 18th.

1963 - Chaffee was selected by NASA as a member of its third group of astronauts.

         - He was assigned with Grissom and White to fly the first Apollo capsule on an 11-day mission in Earth orbit.

1962 - Accepted the invitation and moved his family to Dayton, Ohio in order to study at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB.

1967 - Died along with crewmates Gus Grissom and Edward White during a launch pad test at the Kennedy Space Center on January 27th.


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