60 years ago today, Liberty Bell 7 prematurely blew its hatch after splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. For decades, a myth persisted (largely due to Tom Wolff’s “The Right Stuff”) that astronaut Gus Grissom panicked and blew the hatch early. Now, new evidence shows static electricity is to blame.

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I did not like how they portrayed this in The Right Stuff. Made Grissom look like a fool.


So he didn’t screw the pooch after all? Thank God that’s been solved. Great article!


I am glad to know. I always hated the rumors and uncertainty.