Purdue to publish new biography of Indiana astronaut Gus Grissom

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new biography of the life of Indiana-born astronaut Gus Grissom will be released this summer by the Purdue University Press.

The book authored by George Leopold is called “Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom.”

It chronicles Grissom’s life from his southern Indiana upbringing, his college years at Purdue, his time as a NASA astronaut and his death with two other astronauts in 1967’s Apollo 1 launch pad fire.

“Calculated Risk” draws from interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, Grissom’s relatives and friends to place his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight.

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