Virgil "Gus" Grissom


Born: 4/3/1926 in Mitchell, Indiana, USA
Died: 1/27/1967
Age: 40
Cause of death: fire

Full name: Virgil Ivan Grissom
Nickname: Gus
Noted For: One of the original seven Mercury astronauts; became the second American in space with his Mercury 4 flight (1961); commanded the first Gemini flight (Gemini 3, 23 March 1965); was commander of the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission, which erupted into flames during a pre-launch test.

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