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Saturday, August 27, 2005
While reading a copy of the Washington Post the other day, I stumbled across an article about a 15-year-old woman's struggle to regain lost property for another family.

It seems as if one Amanda Meyer of Madison, Connecticut has taken it upon herself to ensure the spacesuit of Gus Grissom is returned to his family. Ms. Meyer is not connected in any way to the family of Gus Grissom besides the whole "give the spacesuit back" gig. I think she may be a fan of the astronaut who perished in the Apollo I fire at the launch pad in 1967.

As best as I can tell, the family allowed NASA to use some of Grissom's things to put in the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and a private museum, including the spacesuit (although I am pretty sure that was NASA's to begin with. Read that as: Betty Grissom did not knit or sew his spacesuit as I am pretty sure that space-travel requires special garments.). Once the museum came under the management of a NASA contractor in 2002 the family wanted their belongings back. "Fair enough! Take your cowboy hat, wristwatch, patch and American flag back!" said NASA, but they kept the spacesuit. Why?! Probably because it is government equipment.

This is a case of theft according to a 15-year-old girl and the family. To NASA, it's another story: it seems as if NASA records indicate that Gus signed out his own suit in 1965 to take to his kids' school for show-and-tell one day and never brought it back. The dude vicked his own suit!

While I am sure that this may be a noble cause to someone born in 1990, I think that this is something for the family and NASA to sort out. As a matter of fact, I think they should sort it out by having a space shuttle cleaning contest.

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