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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Astronaut Gus Grissom was long accused of prematurely opening the hatch on his landing craft resulting in it sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Recent research has revealed he was likely not to blame.

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I had thought that the man was cleared many years ago.

Grissom gave his life for space and for his country. He deserves honor.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2021-07-24 05:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"You smell smoke?"

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-07-24 10:30 PM | Reply

#2 Username checks out.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-24 10:32 PM | Reply

I never realized this was even a question.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-25 11:06 AM | Reply

Grissom caught plenty of flak via innuendo at the time. If I recall correctly, the film "The Right Stuff" introduced some ambiguity about the matter.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-26 06:40 AM | Reply

#4 It was a giant scandal when he returned. The allegations of him panicking and blowing the hatch was a giant slap in the face to him. These guys road a bomb into space and then back through fire to the earth...saying he panicked was a huge dishonor to him.

#5 Correct. Though the movie suggested he panicked and blew the hatch.

The Marine who was lowering the hook to grab the capsule said that as he was about to latch on there was an arc of static electricity that coincided with the hatch blowing off. NASA knew that a static charge could trigger the charges.

"With Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 flight in mind, engineers designing the Apollo spacecraft opted to omit an explosive hatch on it and instead install a manual hatch which could only be opened by ground crew. Tragically, some speculate that may have prevented Grissom and his crewmates, Edward White and Roger Chaffee, from getting out of their Apollo 1 spacecraft during the sudden pad fire that killed them in 1967."

Our space program was full of trial by error moments like this.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-07-26 08:30 AM | Reply

Our space program was a monumental success and the speed at which it was accomplished was unprecedented.

That being said there were errors generally involving humans interacting with machines.

The basic concept of Interstellar rocketry had existed since around 1920 and we had fully functional Rockets in the forties granted those ones fell on the wrong planet.

Did you ever get a chance read about astronauts trying to get a good night sleep on the moon and all the problems they encountered.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-26 03:03 PM | Reply

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