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Virgil "Gus" Grissom Rescued After Splashdown

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Published on Mar 12, 2012

After a successful launch and space tour on July 21, 1961, Virgil "Gus" Grissom's shuttle, the Liberty Bell 7, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon entering the water the emergency explosive bolts aboard the Liberty Bell 7 unexpectedly blew causing the hatch of the rocket to burst off. The shuttle began to fill with water and Grissom was forced to abandon the aircraft where US Military helicopters rescued him from the water moments before drowning. The astronaut's shuttle sank to the bottom of the ocean where it stayed until 1999 when NASA officals pulled the vessel from the bottom for examination.

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