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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.

Gus Grissom, Astronaut from Mitchell, Indiana

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom Memorial Museum - Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell. Indiana

Richard Harrison Truly (born November 12, 1937) is a retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, a former fighter pilot, former astronaut for both the United States Air Force and NASA, and was the eighth Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1989 to 1992. He was the first former astronaut to head the space agency.

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Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana

Thomas Stafford, Thomas Patten Stafford (born September 17, 1930) is a retired American Air Force lieutenant general and former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard two Gemini space flights; and in 1969 was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a lunar module there. Western Star Lodge No. 138, Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana

Satellite Image Map of Indiana from Space

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).

Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, Indiana

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