Yesterday NASA honored Roger Chaffee, by presenting the Ambassador of Exploration Award to Martha Chaffee, wife of the late astronaut. The presentation was made during the halftime of the Purdue – Ohio State football game. Roger Chaffee graduated from Purdue University in 1957.
The Ambassador of Exploration Award is given to the astronauts of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, along with selected other individuals who played significant roles in the initial race to space.
Roger Chaffee was lost in the Apollo 1 fire in January 1967, along with astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White.