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Virgil Ivan Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967), (Lt Col, USAF), better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

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Jan. 27, 1967. A flash fire aboard the spacecraft Apollo I kills astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.

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"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're 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. Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 capsule fire that took the lives of Gus Grissom, Edward White, Roger Chaffee on Jan 17, 1967.

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A great Space Age pic of Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard

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Astronauts (foreground, left) Rusty Schweickart, Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, Roger Chaffee, Ed White and (foreground, right) Gus Grissom.

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