Gus Grissom facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsVirgil I. Grissom
April 3, 1926|
Mitchell, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||January 27, 1967
Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.
|Other occupation||Test pilot|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel, USAF|
|Time in space||5 hours, 7 minutes|
|Selection||Group 1 (1959)|
|Missions||Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1|
He made another space flight as command pilot (pilot in charge) of Gemini 3. This was the first trip by astronauts in NASA's Project Gemini. The trip took place on March 23, 1965.
Grissom died along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die.
Images for kids
Grissom (far left) with fellow Project Mercury astronauts and a model of the Atlas rocket, July 12, 1962
Liberty Bell 7, recovered in 1999, was restored and is currently displayed at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas
Grissom's Project Mercury spacesuit on display at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
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