The Haunted Remains Of NASA's Launch Complex 34

Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 12:40PM
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Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 12:40PM
The Haunted Remains Of NASA's Launch Complex 34

When construction started in 1959, NASA's Launch Complex 34 (LC-34) was expected to be the starting point for countless historic space-faring missions. It was to become the first home of NASA's pioneering Apollo lunar landing missions, but after 3 astronauts died in a cabin fire in 1967, the facility has become famous for disturbing occurrences and links to the paranormal.

 

Located in Cape Canaveral, FL, Launch Complex 34 held its first successful launch in 1961, when testing of NASA's Saturn I rockets first commenced. The complex was later modified to host NASA's Saturn IB program, which commenced in 1966. On January 27th 1967, a launch pad test was carried out for the Apollo 1 mission, a mission intended to become the first manned mission in the United States' lunar landing program. Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White III and Roger B. Chaffee were on board the Apollo 1 craft when a flash fire broke out broke out in the craft's cabin. So fierce were the flames, the crew were unable to escape and tragically, all 3 men perished.

 

The tragic events of that day were subject to intense investigations by committees from both houses of congress and would eventually lead to a full redesign of the Apollo command modules. LC-34 would go on to host just one more launch of note, the successful launch of the first manned mission in the Apollo series, Apollo 7 in October 1968. Just 3 months later, the complex was taken out of commission before being formally mothballed in 1971.

 

In the years since those tragic events, LC-34 has become an area of paranormal fascination with many believing the site is haunted by the brave souls of Grissom, White and Chaffee. Visitors to the site have reported hearing loud screams emanating from the decaying launch pad, while others have reported being overcome with a sense of sadness and fear. Rumor has it that at one point the dreadful reports became so worrisome to NASA officials they temporarily closed the facility to all visitors.

 

For those of a curious nature as well as those who wish to pay their respects, Launch Complex 34 is open to the public and paranormal activity aside, it makes for a fascinating walk through a dark piece of NASA history. Tours can be arranged through the Air Force Space and Missile Museum in Cape Canaveral, but you'll have to wait until the government shutdown is over to actually get your appointment booked in.

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