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 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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