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Roger Chaffee
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Astronaut
    (February 15, 1935-January 27, 1967)
    Was a lieutenant commander in the U.S Navy
    Was the U.S Naval aviator who took the photos of the Russian missiles in Cuba which sparked the Cuban missile crisis
    Died in a fire on launch pad during tests on Apollo 1 (January 27, 1967)
    Posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor
    Awarded the United States Navy Air Medal
    He chose a dangerous career despite having a wife and two children.
    Guns and hunting were among his hobbies.
    He was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house.
    Throughout his career as a pilot and astronaut, he tried very hard to cover up his poor eyesight.
    He was a math teacher.
    He served his country in the Navy.
    He never got to fly in space.
    He has a star, a scholarship, a street, a planetarium, a school, an artificial island and a crater on the far side of the moon named in his honor.
    He held a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering.
    He was a talented musician and skilled model builder.
    When fire broke out in the capsule of his Apollo 1 craft he remained strapped to his couch attempting to radio an emergency message to control.

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