Thursday, May 03, 2007

Join Me In Honoring A Hero...

Original Astronaut Wally Schirra Dies at 84

Astronaut Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr., one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the only man to fly on all three of NASA's early space missions, has died at the age of 84, a NASA official confirmed Thursday.

Schirra, who commanded the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit, died of natural causes, according to NASA.

"We have spoken with his family and we can confirm he did die of natural causes. We hope to have a statement later today," Dave Stieitz, a NASA spokesman in Houston, told The Associated Press.

In 1962, Schirra became the third American to orbit the Earth, encircling the globe six times in a flight that lasted more than nine hours.



Blogger The Merry Widow said...

My Dad worked at the Cape after he retired from the AF, so he knew all of those original 7, only 2 had his undivided respect, the others were, shall we say, "fighter jocks".

BTW- I'm snagging your copy of the 5-15 post. I couldn't get the e-mail to copy and paste!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Those early 'nauts were brave guys. They didn't know what might go wrong. Bless his hert, I'm glad he went peacefully.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G-dspeed Wally!


7:37 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

They were incredibly brave men, but like I said, test pilots one and all! With that mentality...NASA decided that Florida was causing a casual attitude and so they made a strict dress code, the original 7 wore hawaiian shirts, especially to news conferences...drove the paper-pushers NUTZ!


2:54 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

A fond farewell!

8:04 AM  

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