Space Programs

First Humans in Space

Who was the first person to fly in space twice?

Virgil “Gus” Grissom (1926–1967) first flew into space in July 1961, on the second suborbital Mercury mission. It was officially called Mercury-Redstone 4, but the spacecraft was more popularly known as Liberty Bell 7. In March 1965, he piloted the first manned flight for the Gemini program, Gemini 3 (nicknamed the Molly Brown), and orbited Earth three times with co-pilot John Young (1930–). Grissom thus became the first man to fly into space twice.


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