Pictured are the three Apollo 1 prime crewmembers intended for the first manned Apollo space flight: (L to R) Edward H. White II, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, and Roger B. Chaffee. A fire inside the Apollo Command Module during a test took the lives of all th
Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926–1967), 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 (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida.
On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the first seven American astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. These seven men would become known as the Mercury Seven.
roject Gemini 1962-1966 The David Clark Company, which won the bid to produce suits for the X-15 "spaceplane," went on to make suits for NASA's second manned space program, Project Gemini. In March of 1965, Gus Grissom (left in image) and John Young were the first astronauts to fly a Gemini mission. Here, they pose in Gemini G2C training suits. The boxes at their feet are portable air conditioners.