The Conspiracies episode points out that astronaut Gus Grissom
died in a fire inside a capsule during a NASA preflight testing, along with two other astronauts, and notes that he'd been "critical" of the moon mission just days before that.
The hatch blew off early from a Mercury capsule in the Atlantic Ocean, nearly drowning astronaut Gus Grissom
. He died years later in 1967 along with Ed White and Roger B.
In February 1967, at a launch rehearsal, a cabin fire killed the crew of Apollo 1, Gus Grissom
, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.
We told how Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom
, Edward White and Roger Chaffee died when their craft caught fire as it was readied for a Moon test flight.
The crew - Gus Grissom
, Edward White and Roger Chaffee - couldn't escape because the pressurised atmosphere prevented the hatch door from opening.
Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom
; Revised Edition
But Iota gained an additional name that was used quite a bit in recent decades: the strange-looking "Dnoces." This was later revealed as a new name coined by Gus Grissom
for one of several navigational stars to be used on the fateful Apollo 1 mission.
Young joined Gus Grissom
on the Gemini 3 mission, then commanded the first space shuttle mission in what some people called "the boldest test flight in history."
So did Ed Koch, then in Congress, who explained, "I cannot justify approving moneys to find out whether or not there is some microbe on Mars when in fact I know there are rats in Harlem apartments." But at the sacred moment Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Sea of Tranquility, with the aspirations of mankind resting on his shoulders and the dying cries of Gus Grissom
and the other casualties of the Apollo program ringing in his ears, what kind of monster would interrupt with a boo?
America's second space traveler, Gus Grissom
, lost his capsule after splashdown.
Other new members of the board include Lowell Grissom, the brother of Gus Grissom
who died during Apollo 1 testing, and Nasa commander and astronaut Mark Kelly, whose twin Scott is on the International Space Station.