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- For other uses, see Chaffee.
In the 1960s, Chaffee was assigned to NASA's Apollo 1 mission. Tragically, he died in an accidental fire on board the mission spacecraft during testing at Cape Kennedy, Florida on 27 January 1967. (ST references: Encyclopedia, Ships of the Line)
Chaffee was regarded as a father figure by the crew of the USS Defiant in the 2370s. They named one of Defiant's type-10 shuttlecraft after him as a reminder of the hazardous nature of space travel. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)