[MERCURY-REDSTONE 4] VINTAGE SILVER GELATIN PRINT OF VIRGIL "GUS" GRISSOM, CA JULY 1961.
From the Estate of NASA Senior Photographer Bill Taub
VIRGIL "GUS" GRISSOM. CA JULY 1961.
Vintage silver gelatin print, image taken by Bill Taub, 11 by 13 3/4 inches, mounted on matboard; a few minor chips to margins.
A REMARKABLE PORTRAIT OF GUS GRISSOM
With the reflection NASA senior photographer Bill Taub captured in Grissom's silver spacesuit, the present image offers a wonderfully candid and intimate portrait of one the Mercury Seven.
Grissom's career with NASA began in 1959, when he received an official teletype message, classified as "Top Secret," instructing him to report to an address in Washington, D.C., wearing civilian clothes. Of the 508 military candidates considered for Project Mercury, Grissom was one of 110 test pilots whose credentials had earned them the invitation to learn more about the U.S. space program. Tragically, Grissom was the first of the Mercury Seven to die—along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee—in the Apollo 1 disaster.