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The Fortune of John Young: 50 Years Since Gemini 3 (Part 2)

Aboard a recovery helicopter after their splashdown on 23 March 1965, Gus Grissom (left) became the first man to record two space missions and John Young concluded the first flight in one of the most dramatic space careers of all time. Photo Credit: NASA

At just under five hours, the mission of Gemini 3 […]

The Misfortune of Al Shepard: 50 Years Since Gemini 3 (Part 1)

In addition to carrying the equipment of the prime crew, Gemini 3 backups Wally Schirra (third from the right) and Tom Stafford (second from right) saw to it that they fulfilled the mission’s humor requirements. As a result, Gemini 3 would forever come to be known as “The Corned Beef Sandwich Mission.” Photo Credit: […]

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Roger Chaffee on His 80th Birthday

Roger Chaffee (right) was the only rookie member of the Apollo 1 crew, joining Commander Virgil “Gus” Grissom (left) and Senior Pilot Ed White (center). Photo Credit: NASA

Roger Bruce Chaffee—who would have turned 80 today (Sunday, 15 February)—has been out of this world for far longer than he was ever in it. His […]

'Open-Ended': What 1967 Might Have Been

The Apollo 1 crew, pictured during training, would have embarked on an open-ended mission of up to 14 days in duration in February-March 1967. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Figuratively and literally, February is a gloomy month, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere—a four-week period of darkness, plunging temperatures, and poor weather, with the […]

'Fire in the Cockpit': Remembering the Sacrifice of Apollo 1

After the first cry from Roger Chaffee (left), even super-fit Ed White (center) was unable to even fully release the first bolt from the command module’s inner hatch before he was overcome by fumes. The most likely origin of the fire was somewhere beneath the seat of Gus Grissom (right). Photo Credit: NASA

Almost […]

From ‘Greasy Grissom’ to ‘Gruff Gus’: The Story of America’s Second Man in Space (Part 2)

The attempted rescue of the Liberty Bell 7 capsule from the waters of the Atlantic on 21 July 1961. After this image was taken, it would be 38 years—long after Gus Grissom’s death—before the spacecraft was recovered and again saw the light of day. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty-two years ago this very day, a […]

From ‘Greasy Grissom’ to ‘Gruff Gus’: The Story of America’s Second Man in Space (Part 1)

Gus Grissom (in suit, right) accompanies Al Shepard to his Freedom 7 capsule in May 1961. Two months later, Grissom would fly his own suborbital Mercury mission aboard Liberty Bell 7. Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Had Gus Grissom lived longer, wrote Deke Slayton in his autobiography, Deke, he would have been […]

'How About Now?' The Faith in Gordon Cooper (Part 1)

Fifty years ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission to date. In doing so, NASA began to take strides toward meeting President John Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. The humiliation of Yuri Gagarin’s orbital flight had been […]

Gus Grissom: Remembering NASA's 'Forgotten' Astronaut

Image Credit: NASA

NASA has opened a page on the birthday of NASA astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom celebrating the life of one of the space agency’s first astronauts. Grissom joined NASA in 1959 and flew the second manned mission, MR-4 (Mercury Redstone 4), in the one-man Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft in 1961. He […]

Remembering Apollo 1

AmericaSpace image of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 34A during the memorial services for Apollo 1 held on Jan. 27, 2013. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The wind blew briskly off of the Atlantic Ocean as the 47th memorial service for the crew of Apollo 1 […]