Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom "If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.
"Gus" Grissom - The second American in space. Grissom was the first American astronaut to go in to space twice. He participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. The news of his death on Apollo 1 was a truly sad day.
Apollo 1 Prime Crew - Ed White, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Roger Chaffee. Apollo 1 never launched; a cabin fire during a launch pad test on January 1967 at Launch Pad Cape Canaveral, killed all three crew members.
From left, Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee pose in front of their Saturn 1 launch vehicle at Launch Complex 34 at the Kennedy Space Center. The astronauts later died in a fire on the pad.