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Grissom Monument Gallery


The sixth panel on the monument. It reads:

On March 23, 1965, Gus Grissom served as command pilot on the first manned Gemini flight. It was the first time two men had gone into space together. Thus, Gus became the first person to venture into space twice.

Lt. Col. Grissom piloted his capsule, which he named "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," for a 3 orbit mission. It traveled at the rate of 17,000 MPH on a flight which lasted 4 hours and 53 minutes. It was during this flight that Gus took over the controls, which he had helped design, and performed the first manual maneuver of a spacecraft, thus making possible a rendezvous in space.

While strictly true that Gemini 3 was the "first time two men had gone into space together," the Soviet Voskhod 1 mission of October 1964 was the first time that three men had gone into space together, making the honor of being a member of the first two-man crew somewhat less impressive.

Panels on the Grissom Monument in Mitchell Indiana
Time picture taken Mon Nov 9 13:06:54 2009
Location picture taken Grissom Monument
Near S. 6th St. & W. Vine St.
Mitchell, Indiana
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