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heng44
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posted 02-10-2018 03:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Group 3 astronaut Charlie Bassett during desert survival training at Stead Air Force Base and Carson Sink in Nevada, August 10-14, 1964.

YankeeClipper
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posted 02-10-2018 05:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Epic look!

hlbjr
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posted 02-10-2018 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This picture really has a lot of personality. I've talked to a few of the Group 2 and Group 3 astronauts and they all said that Bassett would have been a star had he not been killed in the T-38 crash in St. Louis. They thought a lot of him.

Panther494
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posted 02-10-2018 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The essentials for desert survival, a cigar!! What a great shot, makes you wonder what could have been.

Delta7
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posted 02-19-2018 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the time of his death, Bassett had been penciled in as CMP on Frank Borman's Apollo crew.

We all know the See/Bassett deaths had a profound effect on who eventually flew what mission down the road. We can, however, speculate that all other things remaining the same, Bassett could have very well wound up following a track parallel to that of Dave Scott:

  • Pilot Gemini 9A
  • CMP Apollo 8
  • Backup CDR Apollo 11
  • CDR Apollo 14

taneal1
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posted 02-19-2018 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After GT-9A, wouldn't he have taken the track that was eventually followed by Jim Lovell? i.e. Lovell was the Apollo 8 CMP, the backup CDR for Apollo 11, and originally, the CDR for Apollo 14. Shepard was bumped from Apollo 13 CDR to Apollo 14 CDR and Lovell was assigned as Apollo 13 CDR.

So, in theory, Bassett would have ended up as CDR on Apollo 13... and Lovell would have followed Gene Cernan's eventual path as Apollo 14 backup CDR, and Apollo 17 CDR.

What happens to Mike Collins in all this? It gets complicated...

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