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 better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. Born in Mitchell, Indiana.

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. A native of Mitchell, Indiana, he was the second American to fly in…

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.

Astronauts Gus Grissom/ Edward White/ Roger Chaffee in front of the launch pad, 1967. They were to pilot the first manned Apollo mission. Tragically, during launch pad testing, a fire would asphyxiate them. The mission was originally designated the Apollo 204, but was renamed Apollo 1 in their recognition

These Are the Most Iconic Photos in Space Travel History

Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee in front of the launch pad, 1967 ~~ The three astronauts stand in front of the launch pad before the tragic events of the Apollo 1 mission.

"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 - The second American in space. Grissom was the first American astronaut to go in to space twice. He participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. The news of his death on Apollo 1 was a truly sad day.

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

Buy the Apollo 1 Astronaut White, Grissom & Chaffee Photo Print for sale at The McMahan Photo Art Gallery and Archive.

Liberty Bell 7 Gus Grissom's Gemini capsule that sank to the bottom of the ocean! | File:Liberty Bell 7 1999.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Liberty Bell 7 Gus Grissom's Gemini capsule that sank to the bottom of the ocean!

A great Space Age pic of Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard

scanzen: Pioneer trio - Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Alan Shepard on the cover of Sunday Texas, April From the collection of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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

On Jan. 27, 1967, veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee (left-to-right) were preparing for what was to be the first manned Apollo flight. The astronauts were sitting atop the launch pad for a pre-launch test when a fire broke out in their Apollo capsule.

Remembering the Apollo 1 Crew

From left, Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee pose in front of their Saturn 1 launch vehicle at Launch Complex 34 at the Kennedy Space Center. The astronauts later died in a fire on the pad.

Remembering today Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee who perished today 1-27 in 1967 in a fire aboard their space capsule for the Apollo 1 mission during a test flight operation.

Portrait of the Apollo 1 prime crew for first manned Apollo space flight. From left to right are: Edward H. White II, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, and Roger B.

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