Title: Typed Letter Signed by Viril "Gus" Grissom.
Publisher: NASA, Langley Field
Publication Date: 1961
This typed letter to a collector of space material is written on NASA letterhead and dated August 18, 1961. The text reads: "Dear___, Thank you for your congratulations and thoughtfulness. Your reaction as a fellow American has been most heart-warming to me. I am very proud to have been a part of this step in our space program. I am happy to send a photograph as you have requested. Very Truly Yours, Signed Virgil I Grissom." Virgil "Gus" Grissom was the second American astronaut in space, aboard Mercury-Redstone 4 named Liberty Bell 7. It was a 15 minute and 37 second suborbital flight on July 21, 1961. The flight was successful, but the spacecraft sank shortly after splashdown. Grissom wrote this letter 4 weeks later. Grissom returned to space aboard Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965, which became the first manned Gemini flight. The flight, with fellow astronaut John Young, orbited the Earth three times. Grissom was chosen, with astronauts Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee, for the first manned Apollo mission in 1967. On January 27, 1967, during a routine training exercise on the launching pad, a fire in the command module of Apollo 1 killed all three astronauts. Signed "Virgil I. Grissom." Authentic Grissom signatures are rare in any form. A Near Fine copy. Together with a card Signed by Betty Grissom and two small color photographs, one of a flatbed jalopy with Liberty Bell 7 painted on it that was part of parade in Grissom's hometown the day he went into space and a snapshot of Grissom's home where he grew up in Mitchell, Indiana. Bookseller Inventory # 25690
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