The Clear Creek Independent School District, embodying a spirit of exploration and inspired by the mission of the NASA Johnson Space Center, plans to name the field at CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium Apollo Field for one year to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the mission tragedy.
January 27, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 accident which claimed the lives of astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chafee.
The loss of the hometown astronauts left an indelible mark on the Bay Area community and served as a catalyst to forge forward in space exploration and advancements in safety, mission assurance and spacecraft design.
At the suggestion of several Bay Area citizens passionate about the district and the unique impact the space program has had on shaping CCISD and the community, the Board of Trustees approved a special proclamation at the December 12 regular meeting. The proclamation announced that the Challenger Columbia Stadium field will bear the name Apollo Field from January 26, 2017 to January 26, 2018 during which time CCISD, in partnership with NASA, will commemorate the historic anniversary through various events and special features within the stadium.
“Though the 50th anniversary is a solemn one, we want to help our NASA neighbors and friends celebrate the lives and extraordinary spirit of the Apollo 1 astronauts,” said CCISD Board President Dr. Laura DuPont. “It’s important to demonstrate that not only are these heroes not forgotten, but they continue to serve as an inspiration for our children.”