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NASA Honors Apollo Astronaut Roger Chaffee
« on: 10/05/2007 06:27 PM »
Oct. 5, 2007

David Steitz
Headquarters, Washington
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Amy Noah
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - NASA will honor the late astronaut Naval Lt.
Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee with the presentation of an Ambassador of
Exploration Award for his involvement in the U.S. space program.
Chaffee's wife Martha will accept the award Saturday, Oct. 6, and
present it for display at Purdue University during the halftime show
of the Purdue - Ohio State football game.

NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first
generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space
programs for realizing America's vision of going to the moon. NASA
also is recognizing several other key individuals who played
significant roles in the early space programs.

The award is a moon rock encased in Lucite and mounted for public
display as inspiration to a new generation of explorers who will help
us return humans to the moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond.
The award is part of the 842 pounds of samples collected during the
six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

Chaffee received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical
engineering from Purdue in 1957. He was one of the third group of
astronaut candidates selected October 1963. In March 1966, he was
chosen as a crew member for the first Apollo flight. Chaffee died on
January 27, 1967, in the Apollo 1 spacecraft fire during a launch pad
test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For complete
biographical information about Chaffee, visit:

To attend crew arrival, reporters must pick up badges by 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5, at the Pass and Identification Building on State Road

For information about NASA and its programs, visit:

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Re: NASA Honors Apollo Astronaut Roger Chaffee
« Reply #1 on: 10/05/2007 08:26 PM »
Does anyone know Roger Chaffee's role during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation states he flew U2's over Cuba, but the Wikipedia states he flew Navy reconnaissance version of the Douglas Skywarrior and it was unknown if he actually flew over Cuba.

".....During the Cuban missile crisis in October 1963, Chaffee piloted a U2 spy plane that snapped photos which proved conclusively that the Soviet Union had installed offensive missiles in Cuba. In explaining his position to blockade Cuba and challenge the Soviets on the issue, President John F. Kennedy displayed some of Chaffee's photos to the world in a televised address....."

''....Chaffee was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. In the book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon, it is claimed that he flew the U2 spyplane which took the pictures of Soviet missiles in Cuba which President Kennedy used on television on October 22, 1962. However, during this time Chaffee actually flew Navy RA3Ds (a reconnaissance version of the carrier-based Douglas Skywarrior nuclear bomber). He was officially recognized for his service during the Cuban Missile Crisis but his exact role is unclear and it is unknown if he actually flew over Cuba......"

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Re: NASA Honors Apollo Astronaut Roger Chaffee
« Reply #2 on: 10/06/2007 05:10 AM »
I'm sure LCDR Chaffee's exact involment is and or was classified due to the nature of that operation.