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Gus Grissom's space suit, near Mitchell, Lawrence County. There's a museum dedicated to the Hoosier astronaut at Spring Mill State Park.

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom "If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom, after the Gemini 3 mission, March 1965 Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was a United States Air Force pilot and one of the original Mercury 7 NASA astronauts. A native of Mitchell, Indiana, he was the second American to fly in space.

Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, the second American to fly into space, shown strapped in a centrifuge during a simulated space flight, 1959. Lieutenant Col. Grissom was killed, along with fellow astronauts Roger Chaffee and Ed White, in a launch pad fire while training for the Apollo 1 mission in January 1967.

Virgil I. Grissom Memorial Monument, Mitchell, Indiana

Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Once home to the American Author, Kurt Vonnegut.

The Mercury Astronauts - NASA

NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

On April 8, 1959 the first astronauts were introduce. These seven original American astronauts were Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton

Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana

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Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana