LAUNCH COMPLEX 34 FACT SHEET
Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge
Configuration: Single Blockhouse, One Launch Pad
LAUNCH PAD 34
Current Status: Inactive
First Launch: October 27, 1961
Final Launch: October 11, 1968
Number of Launches: 7
Vehicles Launched: Saturn I Block I, Saturn IB
Launch Complex 34 was constructed for the NASA Saturn I rocket program. It featured a single blockhouse and single launch pad, serviced by a large mobile service tower. The site was slated for the early manned Apollo flights, but was the site of a great tragedy. A fire claimed the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee on January 27, 1967. This is known as the Apollo 1 fire. Launch Complex 34 eventually supported the first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7. Today Launch Complex 34 is abandoned in place. The blockhouse survives intact, as does the large concrete launch pedestal on the launch pad. A memorial service for the perished astronauts is held at the launch pad on January 27 of each year.
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