September 24, 2021

Celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the second suborbital space flight

As private space companies prepare to launch their first manned suborbital flight, the celebration marks the 60th anniversary of the short jump into space by the second American astronaut.
coincides with the blue origin of Jeff Bezos and the Virgin Galactic where Richard Branson follows in his footsteps, Indiana and Kansas museums have arranged the Mercury of Virgil “Gus” Grissom The 60th anniversary of the Redstone 4 (MR4) mission. On July 21, 1961, Grissom took off in an arc and reached 118 miles (190 kilometers) above the earth before falling.
Grissom took a 15-minute 37-second flight on the Mercury Liberty Bell 7 capsule. This is the second time NASA astronauts have flown into space (following Alan Shepard two months ago).
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Click here to view more videos from Space.com… Mimi Meredith, senior vice president and development director of Cosmosphere Communications,
Hutchinson, Kansas, said: “We are proud that Liberty Bell 7 has appeared in our collection and we can’t wait to celebrate its place in history.” “From LB7 and those People who have the skills and perseverance to be the first space explorers can learn a lot.
Grissom’s successful mission ended with the failure of the hatch on his Mercury spacecraft and blowing up early. The sea water flooded the space capsule. Almost killed him. Grissom survived, but Liberty Bell No. 7 sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and stayed there for 38 years until the cosmic expedition lifted it from the seabed. Jim Remar, President and CEO of
Cosmosphere, will discuss the risks revealed by the Liberty Bell 7 mission and information about the goals and objectives of the Mercury program in a free demonstration at the museum on July 15. His speech “Dangers and Promises of Space Exploration” marked the return of “Cosmic Coffee”, a series of quarterly speakers including hot drinks and pastries.
Astronaut Gus Grissom’s Mercury capsule, Liberty Bell 7, on display at the Cosmosphere Space Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Astronaut Gus Grissom’s Mercury capsule, Liberty Bell 7, on display at the Cosmosphere Space Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas. (Image source: Cosmosphere) The
one-hour event will be broadcast live on the Cosmosphere Facebook page from 8 am. US Eastern Time (1200 Greenwich Mean Time).
Remar will also talk about the Liberty Bell 7 on the same day of its 60th anniversary of flight (July 21) as part of “Mercury to Artemis: Celebrating the Past and Future of Space Travel”, a program for museum visitors Free demos provided, including virtual appearances of NASA representatives. The administrators of Cosmosphere recovered the spacecraft after 40 years underwater.
12:30 PM (CDT) The conversation is part of a one-day celebration that will also provide a free artifact scavenger hunt and limited edition Liberty Bell 7 60th anniversary t-shirts and patches for purchase.
Mercuryredstone4grissom60thevents02 – The Cosmosphere Space Museum in Kansas will provide a limited edition Liberty Bell 7 t-shirt and patch on July 21, 1961 on the 60th anniversary of suborbital spaceflight.
Mercuryredstone4grissom60thevents02 – The Cosmosphere Space Museum in Kansas will provide a limited edition Liberty Bell 7 t-shirt and patch on July 21, 1961 on the 60th anniversary of suborbital spaceflight. (Image source: Cosmosphere via collectSPACE.com)
In addition to Cosmosphere activities, Grissom’s flight will be remembered in his hometown of Mitchell, Indiana. Springmere State Park, including the Astronaut Memorial Hall, has scheduled a “Gus Grissom Weekend” on Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.
“Celebrate with us our hometown hero, Astronaut Virgil I.” Gus “Grissom” announced the park on his website. The
Memorial was put into use in 1971, showing the Gemini 3 capsule that Grissom flew in 1963, as well as his personal and professional belongings. To celebrate the weekend, rare “hidden artifacts” will be added to the exhibit. Other events scheduled for the
two-day event include a speech by Ray Boomhower, author of the 2004 book “Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut,” a chance to sample food in space, stargazing, and rocket launch models. .

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