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This Week in Universal News: Apollo 1 Disaster

via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: Apollo 1 Disaster:

On January 27, 1967, the first Apollo mission ended in disaster. Fire broke out during a launch rehearsal, killing pilots Gus GrissomEd White, and Roger Chaffee.

From the release sheet:

ASTRONAUT DISASTER Apollo astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White, and Gus Grissom are all killed in a flash-fire aboard their grounded space capsule. Investigators theorize perhaps a short circuit or electrical overload sparked the blaze. The first Apollo flight was scheduled for February.

Universal News Volume 40, Release 10, January 31, 1967

Watch the entire newsreel, featuring cryogenics in Arizona, a Chicago blizzard, and other stories here.

About the Universal Newsreel Collection at NARA:

The Universal Newsreel Collection is one of the most used motion picture collections at the National Archives and Records Administration. Universal Newsreels were shown in movie theaters twice a week, from 1929 until 1967, and covered a wide range of American life and history during that time period. Each release usually contained five to seven stories averaging two minutes in length.

In 1974, Universal deeded its edited newsreel and outtake collection to the United States through the National Archives (NARA), and did not place any copyright restrictions on its use (some stories may contain other underlying intellectual property or proprietary use rights).

While Universal disposed of many of the soundtracks, leaving the newsreels incomplete, supplementary material like scripts, shot lists, and event programs can be found in the production files, available for research at Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

Learn more about the Universal Newsreel Collection in this post and in this Prologue article. Watch other Universal Newsreels in our research room, in OPA, and on this playlist.

Image description: This is Niijima, Earth’s newest island. It formed in late November as a result of volcanic activity in the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The island is located about 1,000 miles south of Tokyo. Learn more about this new island.Photo from NASA.

Image description: This is Niijima, Earth’s newest island. It formed in late November as a result of volcanic activity in the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

The island is located about 1,000 miles south of Tokyo.

Learn more about this new island.

Photo from NASA.

Image description: NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.
The new image was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Learn more about it and see more views.
Photo from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI.

Image description: NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

The new image was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Learn more about it and see more views.

Photo from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI.

Image description: This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop. 
In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide.
Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Image description: This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop.

In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide.

Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Image description: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden greets Lucas Yaroschuk, 3, of Arlington, Va., during a stargazing event at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School in Arlington, Va. on November 7, 2013. 
Photo by Jay Westcott, NASA.

Image description: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden greets Lucas Yaroschuk, 3, of Arlington, Va., during a stargazing event at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School in Arlington, Va. on November 7, 2013. 

Photo by Jay Westcott, NASA.