MERCURY REDSTONE 4
N: P: B: D: M:
Gus Grissom Pilot 3 Apr '26 27 Jan '67 MR-4 Gemini 3 Apollo 1
Mission Alt Name: Type: Launch: Return: Duration: Insignia:
Liberty Bell 7 Sub-Orbital Test Flight 21 July '61 21 July '61 15 Mins, 37 Secs.
The flight reached an altitude of more than 102.8 nautical miles and travelled 262.5 nautical miles downrange, landing in the Atlantic ocean. All went as expected until just after splashdown, when the hatch cover, designed to release explosively in the event of an emergency, accidentally blew. Grissom was at risk of drowning but was recovered safely; the capsule sank into the Atlantic and was not recovered until 1999.
To The Moon is all about the manned missions of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.