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Remembering the Apollo 1 Crew

Remembering the Apollo 1 Crew: 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. The investigation into the fatal accident led to major design and engineering changes, making the Apollo spacecraft safer for the coming journeys to the…


Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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


Gus Grissom chuckles during Liberty Bell 7 pre-launch tasks, as fellow Mercury astronaut Gordo Cooper (center) looks on. Photo Credit: NASA


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.

Astronauts "Gus" Grissom, "Deke" Slayton and John Young ((left to right), get a kick out of Wally Schirra clowning in an old fashioned space suit liner.