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Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom was an American astronaut who was born on April 3, 1926, in Indiana. Before he became an astronaut, Grissom served as a fighter pilot in the Korean War. He has logged over 4600 hours of flight time.

Grissom became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He has spent over 5 hours in space on 2 spaceflights.

In 1961, Grissom flew aboard Mercury 4. He became the second American to make a sub-orbital flight into space during this 16 minutes flight. In 1965, Grissom piloted the first manueverable spacecraft aboard Gemini 3.

Grissom was one of three astronauts to be killed in the Apollo 1 fire in 1967. The three astronauts were training for the first manned Apollo flight when an electrical fire broke out in the cockpit. The men were unable to open the hatch of the spacecraft and were killed.



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