Virgil Grissom, known as Gus, one of the seven original Mercury astronauts immortalized by Tom Wolfe in his book “The Right Stuff,” was the second …

Her husband Gus Grissom, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts, died in the first fatal accident in the history of the United States space program. Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the United States Apollo program, the undertaking to land the first men on the Moon. Grissom along with two other astronauts, Roger Chafee and Edward White, were slated to launch the inaugural … Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died.

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. Gus Grissom was 40 when he died Jan. 27, 1967, along with fellow astronauts Roger Chaffee and Ed White, when an electrical fire broke out inside … The Apollo 1 Fire and Gus Grissom’s Death. He later became the first American to fly in space twice, piloting the Gemini 3 spacecraft in orbit in 1965.

Each of the three astronauts had been influential during NASA’s space exploration program in the run-up to Apollo 1. There are three streets in Buffalo, NY, named after the Apollo 1 astronauts: Gus Grissom Drive, Roger Chaffee Drive and Edward White Drive. Each of the three astronauts had been influential during NASA’s space exploration program in the run-up to Apollo 1. He later became the first American to fly in space twice, piloting the Gemini 3 spacecraft in orbit in 1965. Betty Lavonne Grissom (née Moore; August 8, 1927 – October 7, 2018) was the plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against a NASA contractor which established a precedent for families of astronauts killed in service to receive compensation.

Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died. Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom was the second man in U.S. history to fly in space, preceded only by Alan Shepard and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. She was 91.

Gus Grissom was the second American in space aboard Liberty Bell 7, the second Project Mercury flight, in 1961. Gus Grissom was the second American in space aboard Liberty Bell 7, the second Project Mercury flight, in 1961. Grissom, 40, was the second American in space and perhaps best known for the sinking of his Mercury capsule, the Liberty … Betty Lavonne Grissom, the widow of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom who successfully sued a NASA contractor after his death in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire… He died in 2013 at the age of 88 after suffering a stroke. She was 91.

In 1963, Cooper flew on the final Mercury mission and became the last US astronaut to fly alone in space.

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