Mercury astronaut Walter Schirra dies, aged 84
Friday, May 4, 2007
Schirra, who is best known for flying the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission, launched on October 3, 1963, is believed to have died of natural causes on May 3, 2007.
"With the passing of Wally Schirra, we at NASA note with sorrow the loss of yet another of the pioneers of human spaceflight. As a Mercury astronaut, Wally was of a member of the first group of astronauts to be selected, often referred to as the Original Seven," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin in a statement posted on NASA's website.
Schirra also flew on the Gemini 6A mission, which was involved, along with Gemini 7, in the first rendezvous in orbit between two manned spacecraft. His third and final mission was the first manned Apollo flight, Apollo 7, during which he and two other astronauts tested the Apollo spacecraft in low Earth orbit, ahead of later lunar flights.
- Eric Malnic. "Walter M. 'Wally' Schirra Jr., 84; flew in three NASA programs" — , May 4, 2007
- "Walter Schirra, 1923-2007" — , May 3, 2007
- William Harwood. "Mercury 7 astronaut Wally Schirra dies" — , May 3, 2007
- Mike Griffin. "Message from Administrator Griffin: The Passing of Wally Schirra" — , May 3, 2007