Pipe down, Jeff. You've only gone where Gus Grissom went before, 60 years ago today - The Register
Jul 21, 2021 2 mins, 14 secs

The mission was the second Mercury capsule crewed by a human and followed Alan Shepard's flight on 5 May 1961.

Grissom's compact Mercury capsule, Spacecraft Number 11, had a few updates over that of Shepard's.

Ray E Boomhower's book, The Lost Astronaut, also noted an improved life raft, new Earth-path indicator, and tweaks to Grissom's spacesuit.

Grissom did not experience the same vibrations as Shepard during the powered flight thanks to improved fairings between capsule and rocket, and some extra padding around his head.

At 190km up (quite a bit higher than what Bezos would achieve more than half a century later) Grissom manually fired the Mercury's retro rockets for re-entry.

Nine minutes and 41 seconds later, as the capsule descended, the drogue parachute deployed, followed by the main chute.

The astronaut clambered out of the sinking capsule, his own suit leaking due to an open inlet valve and was rescued.

The capsule, however, was lost.

The suspicion in some quarters that Grissom had deliberately blown the hatch, perhaps in panic, continued to dog the astronaut.

His Mercury colleagues – John Glenn, Gordo Cooper, and Wally Schirra – reported cuts and bruises to their hands from the recoil of the detonator, but Grissom had no such injuries.

Fellow Mercury astronaut and, following his grounding for medical reasons, Chief of the Astronaut Office Deke Slayton wrote that "if possible, one of the Mercury astronauts would have [had] the first chance at being first on the Moon.".

Ray E Boomhower's book The Lost Astronaut provides an insight into the life Virgil "Gus" Grissom from his early days to his later career.

On Wednesday, ReversingLabs, a software security analysis firm, said it had identified password-stealing code in the nodejs_net_server package distributed via NPM.

The Chocolate Factory's inaugural digital security summit ran yesterday, where the company talked up its notion of "invisible security".

CEO Thomas Kurian encouraged businesses to transfer their "digital assets" to the cloud in order to benefit from "cloud-native security." According to GM and VP of Cloud Security Sunil Potti, invisible security means "security technologies are designed in...

A former ad exec is trying to make some cash history by pitting two copies of a job application penned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1973 against each other at auction – one the original physical copy, and the other a cryptocurrency-backed non-fungible token (NFT).

"The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction aims to highlight the modern shift in perceived value – the physical or the digital," self-styled "digital entrepreneur" Olly Joshi wrote in the auction's announcement.

To quantify that claimed shift, a race of sorts between the auction of a physical item and the auction of its digital twin in the form of an NFT.


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