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Charles Arthur Bassett
Astronaut
Born: December 30, 1931
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio

Died: February 28, 1966
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Date Joined NASA: October 17, 1963

Space Flights: 0


Charles Bassett

MISSION ASSIGNMENTS

  • Gemini 9A
    Assignment: Proposed Prime Crew
    (Mission reassigned to the backup crew after the deaths of Charles Bassett and Elliot See)


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas Technological College.
  • Bassett was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Bassett was assigned as a member of the Gemini 9A prime crew in 1966, but was killed along with Elliot See when the T-38 jet they were in crashed on February 28, 1966. The crash resulted in Gemini 9 and all following missions being reassigned, and ultimately determined who would be the first crew to go to the Moon.

Information provided by Mark Wades Encyclopedia Astronautica
http://www.friends-partners.org/mwade/spaceflt.htm



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