Gus Grissom was an American astronaut who was born on April 3, 1926, in
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
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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