> From what I've seen in the papers, the beef is two-fold. One, the museum
> involved acquired and refurbished the Gemini capsule Grissom flew in (I
> forget what mission). They apparently re-covered it so that it doesn't look
> like it's ever been used. It's no longer the original surface.
I don't think this is the case...GT-3 is at the Grissom Memorial in Spring
Mill State Park outside Mitchell, Indiana, Grissom's hometown. The heat
shield is in an as-recovered state and the corrugated sheathing looks to me
to be original the entire vehicle is encased in a form-fitted plexiglass
case that makes it difficult to photograph due to the glare.
> The same museum apparently stuck it to the Grissom family a second time by
> reneging on some sort of agreement over where that Gemini capsule is
This isn't true that I know of. The capsule has been at Mitchell since the
museum there opened in the 1970's. Don't ask me the date, but I was there
for the dedication ceremony and I was at least 16 or 17, because I drove
myself. As folks on sci.space.history have noted, the NASM is the owner
of all returned US manned spacecraft. To my knowledge, the GT-3 capsule
is on long-term (officially indefinite) loan from the NASM, and I know
of no plans to move it.
> That's the official explanation. I suspect that there is some concern over
> what happened with the Mercury capsule. Did Grissom***up, did a strap
> catch a switch, did the system just blow the hatch off?
> Personally, I don't care why it sank.
According to a story I saw yesterday at
one of the Navy recovery crew guys says that when he touched the Liberty Bell
with a tool designed to fire an explosive charge and cut off an antenna, there
was a static discharge and the hatch fired at that point.
Pointed question for the naysayers: If there was ANY doubt as to whether
Grissom screwed up, why did he get the assignments to bring the next two
new spacecraft designs 'out of the barn?' Remember, the Astronaut Office
suspended Hoot Gibson from the flight rotation a few years back for nothing
more than hotdogging at an airshow.
It seems to me that the only person with any significant lingering doubts
was that b**t**d Tom Wolfe, who wanted something to help sell his book.
To this day, I'm convinced that if he showed up in Mitchell, Indiana he
would be tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. [For that
matter, I'd go home to heat the pitch :-)]
> PS: I was watching TV when the fire on Apollo 1 was announced. I don't
> remember the program too clearly, just the announcement. Does anyone know
> what day of the week it was and what time it was announced? I'm just trying
> to remember what program they interrupted.
I think it was a Friday evening, in the early part of prime-time hours.
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