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'Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom and the Liberty Bell 7'

Presented by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District at Online/Virtual Space

Apr 21 2021
‘Astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom and the Liberty Bell 7’ presented by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District at Online/Virtual Space, 0 0

On the 60th anniversary of the initial Mercury program space flights, Cosmosphere curator Shannon Whetzel will host a presentation on the Liberty Bell 7.

On July 21, 1961, Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second of the Mercury Seven astronauts to be launched into space in the capsule Liberty Bell 7.  The flight lasted a little over 15 minutes and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and splashed down over 262 nautical miles downrange.  Upon recovery, the hatch bolts of the capsule inexplicably ignited, sending the astronaut into the ocean and filling the Liberty Bell 7 with water, causing it to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

It was 38

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