Wally Schirra

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Walter M. Schirra Jr.
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Born
Walter Marty Schirra Jr.

(1923-03-12)March 12, 1923
DiedMay 3, 2007(2007-05-03) (aged 84)
NationalityUnited States
Other namesWally Schirra
Alma materNewark College of Engineering
USNA, B.S. 1945
OccupationNaval aviator, test pilot
Awards
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Captain, USN
Time in space
12d 7h 12m
Selection1959 NASA Group 1
MissionsMercury-Atlas 8
Gemini 6A
Apollo 7
Mission insignia
Mercury-8-patch.png Gemini 6A patch.png AP7lucky7.png
RetirementJuly 1, 1969

Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (/ʃɜːrˈɑː/, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007) was an American naval aviator, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. In 1959, he became one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury.

In October 1968, he commanded Apollo 7, an 11-day low Earth orbit shakedown test of the three-man Apollo Command/Service Module and the first crewed launch for the Apollo program.

Schirra died on May 3, 2007, of a heart attack caused by stomach cancer in San Diego, California. He was 84 years old.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Burgess, Colin (2011). Selecting the Mercury Seven. New York: Springer. p. 336. ISBN 978-1-4419-8405-0.
  2. Goldstein, Richard (May 4, 2007). "Walter M. Schirra Jr., Astronaut, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2018.