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May 1, 1990

APOLLO 204 SPACECRAFT TO BE STORED AT CAPE CANAVERAL AF STATION The Apollo 204 spacecraft, its heat shield, associated hardware and investigative data will be moved from the Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., about May 20 and placed in permanent storage with the Challenger debris in an abandoned missile silo at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Astronauts Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom, Roger B. Chaffee and Edward H. White II, perished in the Apollo 204 spacecraft fire on Jan. 27, 1967. Their deaths occurred on Launch Complex 34 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) during prelaunch tests for the first manned Apollo mission. Apollo 204 hardware has been in storage at Langley Research Center since 1967, as directed by the Apollo 204 Review Board. Until about 10 years ago the container was kept in a low pressure nitrogen atmosphere to minimize corrosion. The container has been deteriorating and several small leaks have developed. Routine repairs were made to the container, but due to its age it cannot be effectively maintained on a continuing basis.

To recover storage area and to gain relief from the open-ended maintenance required on the storage containers, NASA decided to place the Apollo 204 hardware in permanent storage in the missile silo. The command module, heat shield, booster protective cover and 81 cartons, containing hardware and investigation data, take up about 3,300 cubic feet of storage. - end Editors Note: Media who wish to cover these activities should contact the appropriate public information office listed above for accreditation and details.

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