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Top 6 Gus Grissom Quotes (MERCURY SEVEN)

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Top 6 Most Famous Gus Grissom Quotes – A Tribute to One of The First Americans in Outer Space

“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
There's always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course. This could happen on any flight.
There’s always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course. This could happen on any flight.
How do you expect to get us to the Moon if you people can't even hook us up with a ground station?
How do you expect to get us to the Moon if you people can’t even hook us up with a ground station?
If we die, do not mourn for us. This is a risky business we're in, and we accept those risks.
If we die, do not mourn for us. This is a risky business we’re in, and we accept those risks.
The space program is too valuable to this country to be halted for too long if a disaster should ever happen.
The space program is too valuable to this country to be halted for too long if a disaster should ever happen.

“There is a clarity, a brilliance to space that simply doesn’t exist on earth, even on a cloudless summer’s day in the Rockies, and nowhere else can you realize so fully the majesty of our Earth and be so awed at the thought that it’s only one of untold thousands of planets.”

Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom Short Biography

Born 3 April 1926, in Mitchell, Indiana, United States, Virgil Ivan Grissom, who is more commonly known as Gus Grissom, was a United States Air Force pilot, a war veteran, and a member of the Mercury Seven.

Grissom had enlisted as an aviation cadet during the second world war, and in 1950 graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He earned his pilot’s wings in 1951 and was a test pilot and flying instructor until 1959.

Grissom was chosen to be part of the original Mercury Seven, NASA’s first seven astronauts assigned to Project Mercury.

On July 21, 1961, Grissom piloted the second American suborbital flight, his spacecraft, nicknamed Liberty Bell 7, sank to the bottom of the ocean upon landing. Grissom luckily made it out alive.

In 1965 Gus Grissom piloted the first crewed Project Gemini flight, Gemini 3. Grissom had then become the first NASA astronaut to have flown to space twice.

Grissom was then assigned as commander for the first crewed mission of the Apollo program. Grissom expressed constant concern for the Apollo 1 spacecraft, citing many engineering deficiencies.

On January 27, 1967, the Apollo 1’s Command Module interior caught fire during a pre-launch test, suffocating Grissom and two other astronauts inside.

Gus Grissom was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom after his death. His life and experiences are detailed in; Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times Gus Grissom.

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