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Other Profession(s): Fighter Pilot, Test pilot, Mechanical Engineer
Famous For: One of the seven original NASA Astronauts
Higher Education: Bachelor of Science
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, an American astronaut, was born on April 3, 1926. He served in the United States Air Force as an engineer and pilot. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected Virgil Ivan as one of its Mercury Seven. Virgil Ivan was the first astronaut who had flown in space twice and the second time an Astronaut Corps member had flown in space. Unfortunately, in a pre-launch test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Cape Kennedy), Florida, Grissom, and fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed.
In 1959, Grissom was selected as one of the first seven astronauts.
In 1961, Grissom flew Mercury-Redstone 4, which he named Liberty Bell 7, the second Project Mercury flight.
In 1965: He served as command pilot during Gemini's first manned flight.
In 1945: The couple had two children when Grissom married Betty Moore.
On March 23, 1965: Molly Brown lifted off successfully from Pad 19 with Grissom and Young at the controls. Gus carried two watches for Scott and Mark that were specially engraved. The diamond ring Betty had given Gus hung safe and sound on a string around his neck.
In March 1966: NASA named Gus Grissom commander of the first Apollo Earth-orbit mission.
Awards and Achievements:
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Presidential Medal of Freedom
National Aviation Hall of Fame
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
As well as working at meat markets and service stations, Virgil Ivan owned clothing stores in Mitchell.
Virgil Ivan excelled at mathematics.