Born: December 30, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio
Died: February 28, 1966 (Plane crash)
Joined NASA: October 17, 1963
Space Flights: 0
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.