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    Gus Grissom - Mitchell, IN - NASA astronaut - Second American to fly in space

    "Gus" Grissom (1926 - 1967) One of the orginial Mercury 7 astronauts, he died in a fire on the launch pad while strapped into the Apollo 1 capsule for a test

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

    Oklahoman Gordon Cooper (1927 - ) Astronaut; born in Shawnee

    retro Cape Canaveral Florida map print

    Take a look at how the first American astronauts flew in space on NASA's Mercury space capsules in this infographic.

    Sean Connery with members of the United States Air Force Reserve's Pipe and Drum Band

    Space by Nasa®

    Born in Mitchell, Indiana, Gus Grissom received a mechanical engineering B.S. from Purdue University in 1950 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Grissom was the second American in space as one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts. In 1967, Grissom was killed during an Apollo 1 mission pre-launch test at the Kennedy Space Center. The Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park honors Grissom’s work in space exploration.

    Canal Walk, Indianapolis

    George Rogers Clark

    National Museum of the United States Air Force ~ Wright Patterson Air Force Base ~ Dayton, Ohio

    Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, one of the recommended attractions in our city Trip Guide. (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis CVB.)

    Richard Bernard Skelton was born to humble circumstances in Vincennes, Indiana but went on to become one of the best known comedian-entertainers of the twentieth century. Early in his career, Red traveled and performed in a Vaudeville show across the nation and in Canada. In 1952 Skelton won an Emmy and tried to give it to Lucille Ball, his supporting actress. The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy is under way and will be located next to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at Vincennes Un

    Spring Mill State Park Inn - Mitchell, Indiana

    Turkey Run State Park Indiana

    Gordon Cooper, (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was a member of Carbondale Lodge 82 in Carbondale, Colorado and was given the honorary 33rd Degree by the Scottish Rite Masonic body.

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Indiana calls Orville Redenbacher one our own. He was born in Brazil Indiana. We are the second largest producer of popcorn in the US. We have a Popcorn Indiana and we have a popcorn festival.

    Kevin A. Ford - (born July 7, 1960 in Portland, Indiana) is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and a NASA astronaut.considers Montpelier, Indiana his hometown. He graduated from Blackford High School, Hartford City, Indiana in 1978