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.

Apollo 1 astronauts Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom, 1967. Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Apollo 1 astronauts Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom, 1967. Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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

Remembering the Apollo 1 Fire (Infographic) | NASA Space Disasters & Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, Ed White | Human Spaceflight Risk & NASA Spacecraft Safety

Remembering the Apollo 1 Fire (Infographic) | NASA Space Disasters & Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, Ed White | Human Spaceflight Risk & NASA Spacecraft Safety

gusgrissom: “ On April 9, 1959, the Mercury Seven were introduced to the world (and each other) for the first time. Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton were announced as NASA’s...

gusgrissom: “ On April 9, 1959, the Mercury Seven were introduced to the world (and each other) for the first time. Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton were announced as NASA’s...

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom    "If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom, after the Gemini 3 mission, March 1965    Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was a United States Air Force pilot and one of the original Mercury 7 NASA astronauts.  He was the second American to fly in space He died in the Apollo 1…

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom "If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom, after the Gemini 3 mission, March 1965 Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was a United States Air Force pilot and one of the original Mercury 7 NASA astronauts. He was the second American to fly in space He died in the Apollo 1…

Gemini III pilot John Young waits in a life raft to be picked up by a helicopter during recovery operations following the successful three-orbit mission. Young and command pilot Gus Grissom were flown by helicopter to the nearby recovery aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid.  Credits: NASA

Gemini III pilot John Young waits in a life raft to be picked up by a helicopter during recovery operations following the successful three-orbit mission. Young and command pilot Gus Grissom were flown by helicopter to the nearby recovery aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Credits: NASA

Freedom 7 Prelaunch Astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom wishes Alan B. Shepard a safe flight just before insertion into the Freedom 7 spacecraft mated on the Redstone rocket.

Freedom 7 Prelaunch Astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom wishes Alan B. Shepard a safe flight just before insertion into the Freedom 7 spacecraft mated on the Redstone rocket.

"Gus" Grissom (1926 - 1967) One of the orginial Mercury 7 astronauts, he died in a fire on the launch pad while strapped into the Apollo 1 capsule for a test

"Gus" Grissom (1926 - 1967) One of the orginial Mercury 7 astronauts, he died in a fire on the launch pad while strapped into the Apollo 1 capsule for a test

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