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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.

Virgil I. Grissom Memorial Monument, Mitchell, Indiana

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.

Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana

Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana

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

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

Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana

The Colgate Clock - World's Second Largest Clock - Jeffersonville, Indiana (on the Ohio River Overlooking Louisville, Kentucky)

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)

Jerry L. Ross, Colonel U.S. Air Force (Retired) and former NASA Astronaut was born January 20, 1948 in Crown Point, Indiana. Graduating from Crown Point High School, Crown Point, Indiana, in 1966. He was awarded the American Astronautical Society's Victor A. Prather Award for spacewalking achievements (1985, 1990 and 1999) and the Flight Achievement Award (1992, 1996, 1999 and 2002).