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As you may have heard, Mr. Lawrence Small was accused of abusing his power as Secretary of the Smithsonian, and now the White House is leading an inquest against him.  I have been emailing the White House and Smithsonian, among others, warning people of this corrupt man.  Finally I am being heard.  This is not the kind of man we want protecting our national treasures.  Now that everyone sees the game he is playing, I hope the museum will replace him with someone with a sense of morals, and will finally do the right thing and give back Gus Grissom's Space Suit to Betty Grissom, the woman who deserves it!

 

 As of March 26, 2007, Mr. Small resigned from the Smithsonian.  I will continue to discuss this issue with the Smithsonian and will hopefully be able to make more progress with the new Secretary.  

 





New Email Address


I have a new email address for the petition, savethesuit@yahoo.com





ABC News and New York Times


On Sunday November 27th, ABC News aired a newspiece about the petition, and on the same day the New York Times ran a front page article in the Connecticut Section.  To see the news clip, go to http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Science/story?id=1362640 and for the NYT article go to http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30F16F73C550C748EDDA80994DD404482

Thanks for your support!

~Amanda





THE GOAL


I have been involved with NASA since I was 8 years old and my goal since then has been to make a change for the better.  I have always been in awe of the bravery of the astronauts, who are willing to risk life and limb to pursue knowledge.  My all-time hero of these elite men was Virgil Ivan, AKA Gus, Grissom.  I never really knew what first made me idolize him so, but there was something about the way he was that pulled me in.  Ever since that day my mother told me of what he did for our nation, I could not help but wish to be as he was.  Now, about 7 years later, I know what I want to do in this life, I want to do as Gus did, change the world forever, for the greater good. 

On February 17, 2005, I spoke to Gus' son, Scott, and he told me disturbing news.  He told me the story and ongoing drama that involves his father's Mercury 7 suit.  He said that after his father's flight in the Liberty Bell 7, NASA was going to throw out the suit, but his father wanted it.  So he pulled it out of the dumpster and kept it.  This happened in 1965.  NASA was fully aware he had the suit, and they did not care.  Since the fatal Apollo 1 accident, his family would "lend" it to different museums, exhibits and ceremonies to keep his memory alive.  When the family lent suit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, NASA decided to keep the suit, and refuses to give it back.  Hence, the formation of this site.

I believe NASA should give the suit to its rightful owners, the Grissom family. NASA now have has it under false pretenses.  If you sign my petition, you are helping to put the pressure on NASA to give back the suit to the Grissom family.  

Click the links below to send an email, to have NASA, Delaware North, and the Smithsonian follow the ethical and honorable course, to send the suit back to the museum of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.  Please support this by emailing your name to the following!

 NASA's Public Email: public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov 

Delaware North Park Services: info@delwarenorth.com

Roger Launius, chair of the commettee of the Air and Space Museum: launiusr@si.edu

TO SIGN THE PETITION:

 send your name and address to carolyn_meyer@sbcglobal.net





Congress.org


If you could please go to www.congress.org , there is a feature there called the soap box, and if you could look under space topics, you can find more updates.  Also, the more hits I get on the soap box, the more people will see it, so please check it out so more people can find it.





A Tribute Site


http://gusgrissom.50megs.com/

If you want more information on the amazing life of Gus Grissom, please check out this tribute site, made by the friend of the Grissom Family, Dr. Kirk Mitchell Alderman.



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