Instructional Video

On This Day: Apollo 1 Disaster

Three video clips show real-life news coverage from the Apollo 1 disaster. Young historians learn what events led to the disaster. Clips cover the initial disaster, the astronauts discussing the mission before the launch, and a ceremony commemorating the Apollo 1 mission. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair the clips with an timeline activity that maps out the events that led to the Apollo 1 mission disaster 
  • Have learners prepare their own news broadcasts based on the events of Apollo 1
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free C-SPAN classroom account in order to view the videos 
  • Showcases different points of view of the event
  • Short running time makes it easy to show more than one video 
  • An ad plays before each video clip