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BRPH Honors Apollo 1 Astronauts at Grand Opening of Memorial Exhibit

BRPH, an international architecture and engineering design firm, today joined NASA, Delaware North, and the families of the fallen Apollo 1 astronauts to honor their legacy with a new memorial exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The entrance to the Apollo 1 memorial at Kennedy Space Center.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy that took the lives of astronauts Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom, NASA and Delaware North unveiled a new exhibit celebrating the lives of these American heroes. Located at the Saturn V facility at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the memorial features artifacts, pictures and videos that tell the stories of who these astronauts were and how their sacrifice shaped the future of space exploration.

Under the guidance of NASA and Delaware North, the design-build team of BRPH and Ivey's Construction, Inc. completed the design and construction of the memorial in just six months. The exhibit features the original Apollo 1 hatch that trapped the astronauts 50 years ago, as well as redesigned hatch that later replaced it. Display cases for each astronaut feature OLED screens that tell the individual stories, then fade away to reveal artifacts from each of their journeys.

"The design is not meant to be a somber monument," said BRPH Senior Project Manager, Nick Gigante. "Its intent is to educate this generation on who these heroes were, to honor them, remember them, and ultimately inspire us all."

The Apollo 1 memorial marks the third exhibit designed by BRPH at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In 2015, the firm celebrated the opening of Forever Remembered, followed by Heroes & Legends in late 2016.

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