AutographsAstronaut “Gus Grissom” Signed Cover
(ASTRONAUTS), VIRGIL “GUS” GRISSOM.
Special Air mail envelope, 6.5” x 3.75”, Signed “Gus Grissom” along the left edge in dark blue ball-point pen, Very Choice Extremely Fine. This colorful, very clean envelope is addressed from the “Station Director - PROYECTO MERCURIO” in Mexico to Woodbury, NJ. It is stamped in the lower left corner, in bold red ink, “4TH U.S. MANNED ORBITAL FLIGHT”. The notation “Cap Com MA-9” printed below Grissom’s signature. An impressive, historic and very scarce usage.
Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom had been part of the U.S. manned Space program since it began in 1959, having been selected as one of NASA's original Seven Mercury Astronauts. His second space flight on Gemini III earned him the distinction of being the first man to fly in space twice. During a countdown simulation in preparation for the scheduled launch of the Apollo 1 mission, a flash fire consumed the spacecraft. Captain Commander Gus Grissom died on January 27, 1967 at the age of 40.