Gus Grissom
Gus Grissom
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In the late 1950s The Soviet Union shocked the world by placing a small satellite – Sputnik – in orbit around the Earth. Treated as a technological Pearl Harbor in the United States, the Russian achievement prompted the federal government to create a civilian organization, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to manage the American space program. By April 1959, NASA had selected seven military test pilots to serve as the country’s first astronauts….Author Ray e. Boomhower explores Grissom’s life, from his days as a child playing in the forests of nearby Spring Mill State Park to his service as a combat pilot flying mission’s against Communist opponents in the skies over Korea. He also delves into the process by which NASA selected its original seven Mercury astronauts….