Thursday, July 21, 2011

Remembering Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom with Liberty Bell 7

On May 5, ceremonies at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station remembered the 50th anniversary of the Freedom 7 flight that launched the first American into space, Alan Shepard.

Most people seem to remember Shepard and John Glenn, but far fewer seem to recall that Gus Grissom flew between them.

Fifty years ago today, Grissom launched from atop LC-5 in Liberty Bell 7. The spacecraft sank after landing in the Atlantic; the consensus today is that the hatch mechanism prematurely blew due to a mechanical malfunction.

Thanks to YouTube, we can relive Grissom's historic flight.

NBC News coverage, Part 1 of 6

The links to the rest of NBC News coverage:

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

More about Grissom and his flight on

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