Friday, July 1, 2011

Remembering Gus Grissom and the flight of Liberty Bell 7

In July, 1961, pioneering astronaut Gus Grissom became the third person to fly in space. He completed his mission flawlessly from launch to splashdown, and then, while awaiting recovery in his tiny Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule, he was suddenly confronted with a life and death struggle to remain afloat in the choppy waves of the Atlantic Ocean...

See the whole story in this month's episode of my video series "Five Minutes in Space," at:

Splashdown: NASA, The Navy, & Space Flight Recovery  Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes  Project Mercury: NASA's First Manned Space Programme (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)