Gus Grissom. Truly one of the pioneers of space flight, becoming one of NASA’s earliest astronauts in the programme, and the USA’s second man in flight. He discovered many new ways of living, and working in space.
However, from early on, he wasn’t blessed with luck.
In Liberty Bell 7, after landing in the ocean, his space capsule began to flood as the hatch blew open, with water rushing in. Grissom was lucky; he had unwittingly decided to detach himself from his harness, otherwise he may have drowned. He was rescued minutes later.
In Gemini 3; more water problems. The capsule landed over 50 miles off course, and had to wait half an hour to be rescued, and unfortunately for Grissom, he was severely seasick
Apollo 1 was the first of America’s strides to the moon. But, on Janurary 27th, a fire broke out in the capsule before takeoff. All three astronauts, including Grissom died.
We thank you Gus, and we hope you rest in peace.
After cancelling the Space Shuttle missions and ending the proposed missions to the moon, NASA has refocused its priorities from manned space flight, to exploration using satellites, or exploration vehicles like the Mars Rover.
Is this what you think NASA should be focusing on, or would you rather see a return to the moon, more manned missions; back to the heyday of the ’60s and ’70s? With other countries, like China, India, and Japan proposing more and more manned missions, should NASA do the same; or are the financial difficulties of this more important.
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