Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, a United States Air Force test pilot and a mechanical engineer. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, posthumously, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
After Yuri Gagarin and Alan B. Shepard, the Post of Moldova ("Poşta Moldovei") has released, on July 21, 2016, a third special postmark this time devoted to the 55th anniversary of the first space flight by US astronaut Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926-1967). It is that postmark from Chișinău (MD-2012) which was applied to the special envelope below, published by the Post of Moldova in 2015 (No. 7/2015, print run : 5000, design: Corina Levco) having space for theme. Read more..
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