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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware North Park Services: email@example.com
Roger Launius, chair of the commettee of the Air and Space Museum: firstname.lastname@example.org
TO SIGN THE PETITION:
send your name and address to email@example.com