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Gus Grissom: 2nd American in Space along with his fellows who perished in fire aboard capsule

Gus Grissom: 2nd American in Space along with his fellows who perished in fire aboard capsule

Virgil "Gus" Grissom (NASA Photo)

Virgil "Gus" Grissom (NASA Photo)

Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die.

Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die.

Gus Grissom's flight suit. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Florida.

Gus Grissom's flight suit. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Florida.

Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926–1967), better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida.

Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926–1967), better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida.

Mercury 7 astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra, Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Malcolm Scott Carpenter. The latter clearly wore a Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaut chronograph. (Photo: NASA)

Mercury 7 astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra, Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Malcolm Scott Carpenter. The latter clearly wore a Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaut chronograph. (Photo: NASA)

Gus Grissom's flight suit. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Florida.

Gus Grissom's flight suit. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Florida.

The original Mercury Seven astronauts: Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper.

The original Mercury Seven astronauts: Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper.

"Astronaut Gus Grissom climbs into "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft before launch on the morning of July 21, 1961. Astronaut John Glenn, Grissom's back up, helps him into the capsule. A problem with the hatch led Grissom's capsule to sink after splashdown. It was salvaged from the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. Grissom's suborbital flight on a Mercury-Redstone rocket was the second manned U.S. spaceflight. Glenn followed him a month later with the first orbital flight by an American. --image credit…

Liberty Bell 7

"Astronaut Gus Grissom climbs into "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft before launch on the morning of July 21, 1961. Astronaut John Glenn, Grissom's back up, helps him into the capsule. A problem with the hatch led Grissom's capsule to sink after splashdown. It was salvaged from the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. Grissom's suborbital flight on a Mercury-Redstone rocket was the second manned U.S. spaceflight. Glenn followed him a month later with the first orbital flight by an American. --image credit…

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