This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire and the tragic loss of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
I strongly believe that we need to regularly look back at our mishaps and revisit their lessons. Your review of the organizational causes that were common in all three of our major mishaps is our best insurance against repeating those painful lessons.
I encourage you to take time, on this anniversary, to remember the lives we lost and recall what we learned as we moved forward with human spaceflight. Using 30 minutes of your next staff meeting or program control board to discuss this would be a fitting tribute to those that literally gave their lives to our nation’s space program.