Gus Grissom during a flight simulation, photographed by Ralph Morse, 1960
Saw this photo of John waiting for helicopter pickup after Gemini 3 (sans pressure suit) and it reminded me of this quote from Gus’ book:
“In the medical trailer [before the flight], at Pad 16, the medics attached the sensors for heartbeat and pulse measurement, and slipped the ten-ounce amplifiers, which boost the strength of the medical electronic signals, into waist pockets in our ‘long john’ undergarments, worn beneath the pressurized space suit. I saw that John Young, who isn’t particularly fond of long underwear, had chopped the arms off his.”
“As they worked by day and played by night to prepare for their Gemini flight, Grissom became a big brother to Young, who lovingly referred to his crewmate as ‘that old rascal Gus.’” -George Leopold, Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom
Gus and John, September 1964. These photos (evidently from the Norman Rockwell Museum) were among those used as references by Rockwell when he was painting “The Longest Step (Grissom and Young Suiting Up)” the next year:
Where are you finding all of these adorable Gus videos?
This one is from this NASA quarterly report on Project Mercury in 1961 (that part is around the 20 minute mark)
NASA Photo Scavenger Hunt, Item #39: Post a photo of a person yawning.
Here’s a picture of astronaut Gus Grissom yawning over launch morning breakfast for Liberty Bell 7, 7/19/61. The launch was eventually scrubbed for that morning, and Grissom was launched two days later.
March 23, 1965 – 53 years ago today, astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young successfully completed the flight of Gemini 3, the maiden voyage of NASA’s second manned space program. The flight, meant to test the capabilities of the Gemini spacecraft, lasted 4 hours, 52 minutes, and 31 seconds, and the crew performed the first orbital maneuver ever made by a manned spacecraft. Command Pilot Grissom became the first human in history to fly in space twice, following his Mercury flight aboard Liberty Bell 7 flight four years earlier. Gemini 3 was the first of six spaceflights for Pilot Young.
“John Young and Gus Grissom—two of the most perfectly paired crew members that I’ve ever seen. They seemed to have a zest for space, they were kids at heart. It’s almost like they were goin’ off on a joyride there.” -Gene Kranz
“About this time John was supposed to check out some of our space meals… I was concentrating on our spacecraft’s performance when suddenly John asked me, ‘You care for a corned beef sandwich, skipper?’ If I could have fallen out of my couch, I would have… John’s deadpan offer of this strictly nonregulation goodie remains one of the highlights of our flight for me.
“I do know if NASA had asked John and me to take Molly Brown back to space the day after splashdown, we would have done it with pleasure. She flew like a queen, did our unsinkable Molly.” -Gus Grissom, Gemini!
Gus Grissom and John Young shortly after splashdown of Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965
Gus and John
Today marks the day that, 53 years ago, the first manned flight of the new two-man Gemini spacecraft, Gemini 3, rocketed into the heavens carrying Gus Grissom and John Young. Once in orbit they would carry out a five hour orbital test flight to shakedown the Gemini spacecraft and prove her capabilities, and prove them they did.