"Apollo yet burns as the Earth below turns with the Moon her eternal companion..."
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained...
...what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

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"One Dark World"
by Kerry Livgren



The expanses beckon;
the mystery still
remains...

 
 

Are we living all alone in these vast domains?


We search, we wonder, we listen and we peer...

 
 
The more we define the distance,
the more we fear...

 
 
 
The lights of the distant glories we cannot name...
 
Demanding a sense of purpose we cannot claim...

 

Where time has no meaning,

our reason does not apply...


Only the
Word of Creator
can satisfy

 
 
 
Here we are in a world so far away
 
 
 
 
 
 

Floating home, through the void we roam
and drift astray


 
 
 
We hang suspended...
we rise
and then we fall

 
 
Just one of an endless array,
this terrestrial ball

 

And for one brief moment,
this Earth was the center stage...


For just one moment, the Diamond of the age



 
 

Here we are
in a world so far away
 
 
 
 
 

Floating home,
through the void we roam
 
 
 
 
 
 

and drift astray


 
 
 

 
 
 
Here we are
in a world so far away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Floating home,
through the void we roam


 

and still... oh, still we pray...


And still we pray... as we drift away...
 

Away...


Still we pray... Please bring us home... We drift away...
 
Please bring us home... Away... Still we pray...
 
Please
bring us home...
We drift away... Please bring us home...

 
 
 
 
Away...





Still we pray...

Please bring us
home...

We drift away...

Please bring us

home...

 
 

Away...


 


The Crew of Apollo 1
January 27th, 1967


Lieutenant Commander
Roger B. Chaffee
Pilot

Lieutenant Colonel
Virgil I. Grissom
Command Pilot

Lieutenant Colonel
Edward H. White II
Senior Pilot
"If we die, we want people to accept it.  We are in a risky business,
and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program.
The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."

--Virgil I. Grissom--


Downlinks:

NASA History Office: Apollo 1
Gus Grissom vs. the Media: Hero or Victim?


Credits:

The images on this page have been drawn from numerous NASA,
news organization and space-related sites across the Internet.


The song "One Dark World" by Kerry Livgren appears on this site with Mr. Livgren's generous permission.
Lyrics and music by Kerry Livgren
Vocals by Darren Rogers and Jason Beddoe
Drums by Chris Kearney
Bass Guitar by Craig Kew
Guitars and keyboards by Kerry Livgren

"One Dark World" first appeared on the 1994 Kerry Livgren album
When Things Get Electric
on Numavox Records.

Click the above image for more information about this album.


Site concept and design by
Michael E. Brooks, M.Div., Th.M.
dataman@datamanos2.com

Special thanks go to Kerry Livgren for all the music over the years and for his generosity
in allowing me to use one of his songs as the heart of this site.

Special thanks also go to Diana Whay for not letting me keep on ignoring
the Apollo 1 disaster just because I was too young to remember...

And finally, unfathomable thanks go to the brave men of Apollo 1.

THE CONQUEST OF SPACE
IS WORTH THE RISK OF LIFE.


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