In the fervor of the Space Race, the AS-204 spacecraft – which would become known as Apollo 1 – sits ready for testing. It’s just over three weeks until launch day, and NASA plans to rehearse that moment here at Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, the three pilots on board are suddenly confronted with a situation that they never expected – and it leaves them helpless.
Those three men – commander Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee – are all highly experienced pilots. Every man apart from Chaffee had already visited space, and soon the trio plan to take off as part of the first mission in the Apollo program to carry astronauts. The module that they would hopefully leave Earth in is known as Block I – a different design from Block II, which would later go to the Moon.