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May 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Betty Grissom said her resignation from the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame governing board resulted from 30 years of frustration over the launch pad fire that killed her husband and two other Apollo 1 crewmen. At the heart of the issue was the board's decision not to induct Roger Chaffee, the junior member of that crew, because the January 1967 onboard fire killed him before he actually flew in space. "This might be the last straw," said Grissom, widow of space pioneer Virgil "Gus" Grissom.
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January 29, 1986 | Associated Press
Gen. Charles (Chuck) Yeager, the test pilot who in 1947 became the first man to break the sound barrier, said there is no way to prepare for a disaster like the one that destroyed the space shuttle Tuesday. Reached at his home in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, Yeager said he saw videotape of the explosion and compared the tragedy to the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire that killed Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom and two other astronauts.
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July 20, 1990 | United Press International
The son of the first American to walk in space is making a public appeal for the return of stolen mementos of his late father's career as an astronaut, including cuff links, tie tacks, a gold bracelet and a medallion. Edward H. White III discovered the items were missing when he returned home from a Colorado vacation. From $40,000 to $50,000 in jewelry and furs also were taken. Edward H. White II space-walked in 1965. In 1967, he, Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom and Roger B.
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May 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Five of the Mercury 7 astronauts, America's first and perhaps most beloved space explorers, returned to their history-making roots Friday to help dedicate the Astronaut Hall of Fame. "We don't sit around getting nostalgic," said Donald (Deke) Slayton, now 66. "We're trying to make things happen for the future." The United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, 13 miles from where the men rocketed into history three decades ago, is a tribute to their exploits.
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November 21, 1989 | LORELEI LACHMAN
The Cypress City Council tonight will open secret entries and choose a name for a new park--which, according to the rules, must include both a person's name and that of a Mediterranean tree. The contest sponsored by the city drew seven entries. To qualify, the entries must both honor a person and reflect the Mediterranean architecture of the area, such as Smith Palm Park. Other parks in Orange County have been named through contests.
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March 4, 1992 | NONA YATES
"Space, the final frontier . . . ." When William Shatner, as "Star Trek's" Capt. James T. Kirk, first uttered those words in 1966, thousands tuned in to watch space launches. A TV audience estimated at more than half a billion watched the Apollo 11 launch that put the first person on the moon on July 20, 1969. Press coverage of the space program was ubiquitous. Space travel was seen as a perilous adventure. The deaths of Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B.
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December 18, 1992 | NONA YATES
"Space, the final frontier . . . ." When William Shatner, as "Star Trek's" Capt. James T. Kirk, first uttered those words in 1966, thousands tuned in to watch space launches. A TV audience estimated at more than half a billion watched the Apollo 11 launch that put the first person on the moon on July 20, 1969. Press coverage of the space program was ubiquitous. Space travel was seen as a perilous adventure. The deaths of Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B.
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January 28, 1997 | From Associated Press
The families of the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed in a launch pad fire 30 years ago gathered in the rain Monday to remember their courage and contributions to America's race to the moon. It was the first public ceremony in decades in memory of Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White II and Roger Chaffee, who died inside their burning capsule on Jan. 27, 1967. "It's still a sad thing, it really is.
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April 15, 1999 | From Reuters
Undersea salvage experts are expected to set out this weekend to find and recover the long-lost Mercury space capsule that carried U.S. astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom into suborbital flight 38 years ago but then nearly killed him, officials said Wednesday. A successful mission would recover a piece of American space history lost at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
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January 27, 1987 | United Press International
About 50,000 schoolchildren honored the seven Challenger crew members Monday, two days before the first anniversary of their deaths, and paid tribute as well to the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed 20 years ago today. "They meant a lot to all of us," said Carrie Coultry, a fifth-grader at Challenger 7 Elementary School at Port St. John, near the space center. "It was really bad what happened to the Challenger (but) the space program shouldn't stop--it should go on."
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