Charles Bassett


Full Name: Charles Arthur Bassett
Born: December 30, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio
Nationality: American
Died: February 28, 1966 (Plane crash)
Joined NASA: October 17, 1963
Space Flights: 0


Gemini 7
Assignment: Capcom

Gemini 6A
Assignment: Capcom

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


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.


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