NASA prepares for the Apollo 1 mission, then investigates the cause of the mission's tragic cabin fire.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Clinton Anderson
Pat White
Frank Borman
Peter Anthony ...
Donna Badger ...
Secretary #2
Janis Benson ...
Senator Margaret C. Smith
Mondale's Aide
Tommy Canary ...
Bill Cordell ...
Pyro Technician
Lee Atwood
Jan Armstrong
Keith Dickerson ...
Pyro Engineer
J. Don Ferguson ...
Senator Stephen Young
Robert Seamans


NASA prepares for the Apollo 1 mission, then investigates the cause of the mission's tragic cabin fire.

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5 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Very good examination of a national tragedy
6 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Apollo 1 fire and the resulting deaths of two major astronauts/heroes was a tragic story during the Cold War and the Space Race. This episode is fantastic in examining NASA up against the wall and how the agency overcame this setback to ultimately achieve its goal: landing on the Moon before 1970. A few character actors here make the episode: Kevin Pollack and James Rebhorn. As key players in the aftermath of the fire, their characters provide spark and truth to the situation for any viewer. Likewise, David Andrews' portrayal of astronaut Frank Borman is key to the success of the episode. We get a taste of what's to come with the astronauts' wives in this episode as well (see the 11th installment of the series). The scenes at the end of the episode with the Senate hearings is excellent, demonstrating Walter Mondale's opposition to the program that many in the nation would eventually end up sharing. The only negative of this episode is the introduction of Borman's wife, poorly played by Rita Wilson. She single-handedly ruins two more episodes in this series, and in this episode, we start to see why.

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