The combined safety record of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo is ZERO catastrophic failures in >20 flights.
There was on catastrophic failure but this was not in flight. Grissom, Chaffe and White were burned to death on the launch pad in the capsule. At that time NASA was using 100% oxygen in the apollo capsule. This led to engineering changes and procedures and capsule design.
posted on 03/30/2010 6:31:42 PM PDT
I consider Apollo 1 an R&D or training disaster.
And the Apollo 13 crew avoided a catastrophic failure by the skin of their teeth.
posted on 03/31/2010 7:25:05 AM PDT
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