U.S. technicians at the Marned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. announce on Thursday (March?
WS Test fire Appollo
MS Fire interior cabin
VCU Cabin without fire
CU Control Board Burned
MCU Destroyed spacesuit
MS Destroyed Cabin
CU Wreckage of cabin
MS Fire in Cabin
MS Fire Test of Spacesuit
MS Mock up
MS Fire inside cabin
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION TECHNICIANS EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW FIRE CONTROL METHODS.
Test fire in Capsule
FIRE--Exterior of Capsule
EXTERIOR--Capsule without fire
Capsule Control Board After Fire
Destroyed spacesuits After fire
Fire in cabin pressurized with Oxygen & Nitrogen
Fire inside Space Capsule
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Background: U.S. technicians at the Marned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. announce on Thursday (March 14) they had possibly eliminated the danger of fires in space capsules on the launching pad. A flash fire in a pure oxygen atmosphere of a capsule killed three U.S. astronauts 14 months ago at Cape Kennedy and set back the U.S. space program.
Technicians of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have experienced with fire-control techniques and perfected them in Houston.
SYNOPSIS: This is a test fire in an Apollo Spacecraft. It's feeding on pure oxygen at a pressure of 16 pounds per square inch. A fire like this killed the three U.S. astronauts. Since then, the cabin has been flameproofed. But even with fireproofing just recently completed at the Manned Spacecraft Center experiments showed that oxygen at high pressure still would not be safe in the cabin while it is on the launchpad. Control panels were destroyed and space-suited dummies showed that the flames would have killed men. In other tests at the same pressure, but using a mixture of 60 percent oxygen and 40 per cent nitrogen, the flame could hardly be seen and quickly burned out. Damage was slight and men would have survived. In other laboratories, new materials have been developed in flame-testing. After thousands of hours and millions of dollars worth of experiments, the result is a new Apollo spacesuit that can withstand temperatures up to 1500 degrees. If all the testing continues successfully, the Apollo astronauts hope to be launched into space by September.