Paving the Road to the Moon

Charles A. Bassett II

December 30, 1931 - February 28, 1966

About the Man

Charles Bassett attended Ohio State University from 1950 to 1952. From 1958 to 1960, he attended the Texas Technological College. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Texas Tech.

After graduating from the Aerospace Research Pilot School and the Air Force Experimental Pilot School, Bassett served as an experimental test pilot and engineering test pilot in the Fighter Projects Office at Edwards Air Force Base.

Bassett was selected by NASA one of the third group of astronauts in October of 1963. Besides 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 for the upcoming Gemini 9 mission.

Tragically, Charles Bassett never got to go into space. He died on February 28, 1966, in the crash of a T-38 jet. His work in the testing and engineering of jet airplanes helped pave the way for future spaceflights to the moon.

To read more about how Charles Bassett helped make the
Gemini Project a success, please visit:

On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini

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