Betty Gris­som, 91, widow of as­tro­naut killed in fire, dies

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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.

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