Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gus Grissom Program June 25 in Columbia City

On January 27, 1967, American astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee entered the Apollo Command Module on Kennedy's Space Center Pad 34 to conduct a test of the new spacecraft as part of NASA's effort to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade--they never made it out alive. What happened that day will be explored in my talk "Tragedy at Pad 34: Gus Grissom and the Apollo 1 Fire" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City, Indiana.

The talk, based on my biography of Grissom, examines the career of the Mitchell, Indiana, native, including his selection as one of the Original 7 Mercury astronauts, his ill-fated Liberty Bell 7 mission, his contributions to the Gemini program, and his final mission on Apollo 1.

For more information on the talk, contact the library by calling (260) 244-5541.

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