National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
FEBRUARY 1983 ARCHIVAL BIOGRAPHY
NAME: Roger B. Chaffee (Lieutenant Commander, USN) NASA Astronaut
- NASA Astronaut
- Born on February 15, 1935, in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Chaffee, reside.
- Brown hair; brown eyes;
height: 5 feet 9-1/2 inches; weight: 152 pounds.
Graduated from Central High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received a Bachelor
of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1957.
- Married to the former Martha L. Horn of Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Horn of that city.
- Sheryl L., November 17, 1958; Stephen B. July 3, 1961.
- His hobbies include guns.
- Member of Tau Beta Pi, national engineering society;
Sigma Gamma Tau; and Phi Kappa Sigma.
- Awarded the Navy Air Medal.
- Chaffee, a Lieutenant Commander, entered the Navy in 1957. He served as
safety officer and quality control officer for Heavy Photographic Squadron
62 at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
In January 1963, he entered the Air Force Institute of Technology at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to work on a master of science
degree in reliability engineering.
He has logged more than 2,300 hours flying time, including more than
2,000 hours in jet aircraft.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Lieutenant Commander Chaffee was one of the third
group of astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963.
He has since participated in a number of special activities and was recently
assigned as one of the pilots for the first 3-man Apollo flight (Apollo 1).
Roger Chaffee and fellow astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White died on
January 27, 1967, at Cape Kennedy, Florida, when a flash fire consumed their
spacecraft during a full-scale simulation in preparation for the scheduled
launch of their Saturn/ Apollo mission.
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