50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1967
A half-century ago, protests erupted around the world against the Vietnam War, Montreal hosted Expo '67, race riots in the U.S. destroyed parts of Detroit and other northern cities, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson was a running back for the University of Southern California, Israel fought and won the Six-Day War against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the 20th Century Limited passenger train made its final run from New York to Chicago, and much more.
By: dave
Friday, Feb 10th 2017 (12:01am)
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spam_vigilante From: spam_vigilante Ignore me at your own peril
Date: 2/12/17 @ 01:22 PM
A friend shared some interesting facts regarding that cover pic of the Apollo 1 astronauts and their tragic deaths:

* I have read a lot about that accident and it turns out it would have been survivable for the crew except that their suit ventilation hoses burned and deprived them of air and they all died of asphyxia. Autopsy showed none of the crew suffered serious burns and no fatal burns.

* It brough to NASA's attention a list of design flaws ninty miles long. That space capsule was so filled with problems it was a matter of not if, but when an accident occurred. The Apollo 7 capsule was pretty much a complete redesign.

* The most significant design changes were the hatch could be opened in seconds. When the crew died they were struggling to open the hatch - which was no simple job. Then the capsule was designed using 60% oxygen vs. the 100% used in the flawed design. Tests found that with a pure oxygen environment what was a small fire burned like a roman candle causing the pressurized capsule itself to rupture. The fire burned so hot it was like having a pressure cooker on the stove rupture - crews on the gantry could not get to the capsule to rescue the crew because hot gasses and flames were shooting out of the ruptured area.
dave From: dave SAINTS, BABY!!!
Date: 2/12/17 @ 01:50 PM
* I went to a middle school named after Ed White.

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