The Apollo 1 Fire and Gus Grissom’s Death. Grissom along with two other astronauts, Roger Chafee and Edward White, were slated to launch the inaugural … 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. Gus Grissom was the second American in space aboard Liberty Bell 7, the second Project Mercury flight, in 1961. He died in 2013 at the age of 88 after suffering a stroke. 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. Urgent message to Government of Canada from publishers of Canada’s major newspapers Message to Govt. of Canada from publishers Read More>

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. Gus Grissom was the second American in space aboard Liberty Bell 7, the second Project Mercury flight, in 1961. 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. 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. 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… L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. 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. 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 … Virgil “Gus” Grissom.
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 … 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. 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. She was 91.

She was 91. He later became the first American to fly in space twice, piloting the Gemini 3 spacecraft in orbit in 1965. Grissom, 40, was the second American in space and perhaps best known for the sinking of his Mercury capsule, the Liberty … In 1963, Cooper flew on the final Mercury mission and became the last US astronaut to fly alone in space.