[Gordon Bassett] [NASA Logo]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Charles A. Bassett, II (Captain)
NASA Astronaut

Born: Dayton, Ohio, December 30, 1931. Deceased on February 28, 1966.

Attended Ohio State University and Texas Technological College, and graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

Married to the former Jean M. Martin of Hesperia, California.

Karen E., December 22, 1957; Peter M., April 6, 1961.

Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Long Island Early Fliers, Phi Kappa Tau, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.

An Air Force Captain, Bassett is a graduate of the Air Force Experimental Pilot School and the Aerospace Research Pilot School.

He served as an experimental test pilot and engineering test pilot in the Fighter Projects Office at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

He has logged over 3,600 hours flying time, including over 2,900 hours in jet aircraft.

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 Gemini 9 mission. He and Elliot M. See, Jr., the command pilot for the Gemini 9 flight, were killed on February 28, 1966, during an instrument landing approach at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation's facility in St. Louis, Missouri.


Click here to return to the SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK HOME PAGE.