Not far from the state of the art structures at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center lies the abandoned and ghostly reminder of an American tragedy.
Launch Complex 34 was the sight of the tragic loss of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, who perished almost instantly after a fire completely engulfed their Apollo I capsule on January 27, 1967.
The first manned Apollo launch—Apollo 7 on October 11, 1968—was the last time LC-34 was used, and Just 3 months later, the complex was taken out of commission before being formally mothballed in 1971.
In the years since, visitors to the launch site have reported hearing 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.
Launch Complex 34 is viewable by the general public via a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bus tour.