Grissom Letter Nets Over $13,000

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A letter written by Mercury astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom brings in thousands of dollars in an on-line auction site. 

The letter from Grissom to his mother sold for $13,155 on the site run by RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire. 

The letter said that all the other astronauts were mad that John Glenn, a native of New Concord, was picked to be the first to orbit the Earth. In the letter Grissom  also said that the astronauts expressed their views prior to the selection, but not much could be done. 

Having missed the opportunity to be the first American in Space, Grissom hoped he’d be selected for the first US Orbital Mission, but a hatch blow on the Liberty Bell 7 gave Glenn the position.

Grissom went on to become the controller for Astronaut Deke Slayton on the second orbital mission. 

Glenn orbited the Earth three times in the Friendship 7 before splashing down safely on February 20, 1962.


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