NASA Eyes Suborbital Human Spaceflight Services

Virgil Grissom
Mercury astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom, who launched on July 21, 1961, became the second—and last—U.S. astronaut to fly in suborbital space.
Credit: NASA
The last time a NASA astronaut strapped inside a spaceship for a suborbital flight was on July 21, 1961, when Virgil “Gus” Grissom was dispatched for a second test of the Mercury—Redstone system. Challenged to get astronauts to the Moon in nine years, suborbital flight was quickly abandoned as NASA...

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