September 2003 - NASA K.S.C. - Launch Complex 34


Owen
Damon
Jason
Special Guest:
Robert H.

Legend:

The old abandoned Launch Pad of the Apollo missions is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the three astronauts that lost their lives in a tragic fire. When you are on the pad you get a weird feeling, then at night when you enter some of the abandoned buildings, if you're quiet you can hear screams of panic and distress.

NASA, at one time, let visitors tour the facility, but due to 'strange occurrences' they no longer include the Apollo Launch Pad on the tour.

September 2003

There are actually two main launch pads that they used for the Apollo/Saturn missions. They are Complex 37 & 34. Both complexes are dismantled and abandoned. You can click on the pictures to the right and below for a larger view.

Launch Complex 34 is where the three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee, lost their lives during a preflight test where the Apollo command module was mounted on an unfueled Saturn 5 rocket on the launch pad. The crew had planned to go through the entire countdown sequence.

On January 27, 1967 a flash fire engulfed the module just weeks before they were scheduled for blastoff into space. Caused by a spark from a short circuit in wires near Lt. Col. Grissom's seat, and because the cabin had been filled with pure oxygen, the fire spread quickly. Also, to make maters worse, the hatch to the module opened inward and was secured by a number of latches. It took at least 90 seconds to open the hatch under normal conditions. The Astronauts never had a chance.

There is definitely an erie feeling on the site of this tragedy. Knowing the history behind Launch Complex 34, you can not help but feel solace and respect when you are there. But the question is, is this launch pad haunted by the ghosts of the three astronauts that lost their lives so tragically? I doubt so, but that's what I plan on finding out. below are some pictures taken of the pad and surrounding area. Feel free to browse them so you too can get a feel for what we're about to do!


VIDEO:

 

 

 

As we were looking around the pad we found a small hole with a ladder leading down to an underground room.
Click here to view it.

Also we found a couple of rooms to the north of the launch pad. It was really kind of freaky...like a Blair witch video.
Click here to view it.


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Here is a 360degree view of the launch complex. Just click and drag to move the picture.

 

Points of Interest

  1. The pedestal. This is the actual spot where the astronauts lost their lives.
  2. There are a set of control rooms or something, from video above.
  3. Entrance to underground passage way. I believe this leads under the pad and over the the rooms of section 2. Filled with water.
  4. Underground room from video above.

The Hunt
October 2003:

VIDEO:

1. Meet special guest Robert and hear his feelings about Spooks.
We finally got a chance to get to the launch pad early in October to perform our full investigation. All four points of interest were explored. Unfortunately, is was really dark out there, so dark that we couldn't get any good still pictures at all. However, the video camera worked flawlessly and there is plenty of video evidence to support our findings.

First off, I bought an authentic patch from the Apollo 1 mission. I thought that if this pad was haunted, maybe if I left Something that had to do with the tragedy somewhere the Spooks may take it or feel obligated to come out and play. I took the patch and placed it in the center of the pedestal. The exact place where the three astronauts lost their lives.

After we left the patch, we went to find the underground room from section (4). We had a little trouble finding it since it was so incredibly dark, but we finally did, and true to my word I went down there...and found NOTHING!


After that we headed over to the control rooms in section (2). Now I have to admit, I was a little freaked out in them. Not because I was scared of ghosts or anything, but because I was a little nervous about getting caught, not that we were there illegally, it would just be weird explaining to a bunch of armed military police that you're there on a 'spook hunt'. Plus it didn't help that Jason kept scaring me every five seconds.

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Anyway, the rooms were very dark, and very warm. One room connected to another room witch then connected to another and then to another, and so on. There was also a long tunnel that did in fact run underneath the whole launch pad over to section (3) where it is flooded. We walked the whole way back and forth. Hi-jinks galore...

VIDEO:

4. Underground in the Control Rooms
Take 1
5. Underground in the Control Rooms
Take 2
6. Underground in the Tunnel


We finally made our way back to the surface, seeing nothing underground except for some possibly possessed frogs. Naturally we started to pack up, then I remembered the patch that I had set beneath the pedestal in section (1). Jason and I went back to retrieve it. It took us a while, but we finally found it, but in a different spot than where I had left it.

VIDEO:

7. Retrieving the patch.
The wind was blowing pretty good in a SE direction. However we found the patch about thirty feet SW from where I set it. People have E-mailed me saying that the wind could have been caused by the spirits that were unhappy with our presence there, but I seriously doubt it, or the spooks would have made sure we wouldn't have found that patch at all.

Needless to say I really doubt there are any ghosts hanging around the old Apollo Launch pad 34. There may have been some there at one time, but I'm pretty sure they've moved on. But you don't have to take my word for it...

VIDEO:

8. Jason sums up the hunt quite nicely.

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Conclusion:

Rating: Average rating: Ratings
HAUNTEDMaybeWho CaresDoubtfulHell No!