• Grave, Charles Arthur Bassett

    Image ID
    FOT891396
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    RM Rights Managed
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    10.4 MB
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    Image Dimensions
    3500 x 5250 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    296 x 445 mm
    11.7 x 17.5 in
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    Keywords
    Peter Bassett Charles Arthur grave Arlington Cemetery Washington DC USA training to be a Gemini Astronaut killed on 28th February 1966 with Elliot See in T38 jet aircraft NASA stock image stock photo
    Description
    Bassett was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. In addition to participating in the overall astronaut training program, he had specific responsibilities pertaining to training and simulators. On November 8, 1965, he was selected as Pilot of the upcoming Gemini 9 mission, along with Elliott See as Command Pilot. Bassett and See were killed on February 28, 1966, when their T-38 trainer jet crashed into McDonnell Aircraft Building 101, known as the McDonnell Space Center, located 1,000 feet (300 m) from Lambert Field airport in St. Louis, Missouri. Building 101 was where the Gemini spacecraft was built, and they were going there to train for two weeks in a simulator. They died within 500 feet (150 m) of their spacecraft. Both were buried in Arlington National Cemetery. A NASA investigative panel later concluded that pilot error, caused by poor visibility due to bad weather, was the principal cause of the accident. The panel concluded that See was flying too low to the ground during his approach, probably as a result of the poor visibility. Bassett was survived by his wife and two children.
    Uploader
    Peter Bassett
    Contributor
    Peter Bassett
    Date Taken
    2011-11-22
    Uploaded on
    2011-09-02
    Collection
    USA, Washington DC
    Category
    Heritage
    Sub Category
    History
    Setting
    Outdoor
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    Eye level
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    Without people
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