Betty Grissom, 91, widow of astronaut killed in fire, dies
Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died. Mark Grissom said Wednesday that his mother, 91, had been in good health before her unexpected death Sunday at her Houston home. He said she will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where his father is interred. In 1961, Gus Grissom became the second American in space. But after his 15-minute suborbital flight, Grissom nearly drowned when his capsule landed in the Atlantic and sank after the hatch blew off prematurely.