Nichole Hannahs

Grissom Letter Up for Auction

by Nichole Hannahs on November 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

 It seems not everyone was excited about New Concord Native John Glenn becoming the first man to orbit the earth. 

A letter written by Virgil "Gus" Grissom is up for auction on the online site RR Auction out of Amherst, New Hampshire.

In the letter written on Project Mercury letterhead the man writes his mother that he’s been feeling low for the past few days and that "all of us are mad because Glenn was picked." He went on to write that the astronauts expressed their view prior to the selection, but not much can be done now. 

Having missed the opportunity to be the first American in space, Grissom hoped he would be selected for the first US orbital mission in the fall of 1961, but a hatch blow on the Liberty Bell 7 the position was given to Glenn. 

Grissom became the controller for astronaut Deke Slayton’s on the second orbital mission.

Glenn orbited the earth three time in the Friendship 7 before splashing down safely on February 20, 1962.

So far 27 bids have been placed for the letter. The current bid is listed at $10,871.