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Slideshow: Hoosier Astronauts Gather To Celebrate Gus Grissom

  • Hoosier astronauts take pictures with some members of the Grissom family.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Hoosier astronauts take pictures with some members of the Grissom family.

  • Virgil I.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom grew up in Mitchell, Indiana.

  • Grissom's boyhood home is currently being renovated into a museum.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Grissom's boyhood home is currently being renovated into a museum.

  • The astronauts joke around while talking photos with event participants.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    The astronauts joke around while taking photos with event participants.

  • The astronauts wave to the crowd in a parade that passed by Grissom's boyhood home.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU)

    The astronauts wave to the crowd in a parade that passed by Grissom's boyhood home.

  • Joe Allen flew during two space missions during his NASA crew in the space shuttles Columbia and Discovery.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Joe Allen was part of two space missions on the space shuttles Columbia and Discovery.

  • During his 3 shuttle missions, Charles Walker spent a total 20 days in space.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    During his three shuttle missions, Charles Walker spent a total 20 days in space.

  • Tony England was part of a team that developed radars to probe the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Tony England was part of a team that developed radars to probe the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission.

  • During his time with NASA, Kevin Ford worked in Russia and Kazakhstan.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    During his time with NASA, Kevin Ford worked in Russia and Kazakhstan.

  • With a total of 7 flights, Jerry Ross shares the world record for most flights in space.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    With a total of seven flights, Jerry Ross shares the world record for most flights in space.

  • Mark Grissom is Gus Grissom's youngest son.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Mark Grissom is Gus Grissom's youngest son.

  • Lowell Grissom is Gus Grissom's youngest brother.

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    Photo: Sophia Saliby (WFIU/WTIU News)

    Lowell Grissom is Gus Grissom's youngest brother.

Seven astronauts came together in Mitchell on Saturday to commemorate Hoosier astronaut Lt. Col. Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom. It was the largest-ever gathering of Indiana-born astronauts.

Grissom was the second American to fly in space and the first NASA astronaut to fly in space twice. He was one of three astronauts killed during testing for the Apollo I mission in 1967.

The “Galatic Gathering” took place to raise money in an effort to restore Grissom’s boyhood home.

The astronauts in attendance were: Joe Allen, Tony England, Charlie Walker, Mark Brown, David Wolf, Jerry Ross and Kevin Ford. They were celebrated in a parade that passed by the Grissom Boyhood home.

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