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Wally Schirra

American - ( NASA)

Deceased

Date of Birth: March 12, 1923
Date of Death: May 3, 2007


Walter Marty Schirra Jr. was an American naval aviator and NASA astronaut. In 1959, he became one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, which was the United States' first effort to put human beings in space. On October 3, 1962, he flew the six-orbit, nine-hour, Mercury-Atlas 8 mission, in a spacecraft he nicknamed Sigma 7. At the time of his mission in Sigma 7, Schirra became the fifth American and ninth human to travel into space. In the two-man Gemini program, he achieved the first space rendezvous, station-keeping his Gemini 6A spacecraft within 1 foot (30 cm) of the sister Gemini 7 spacecraft in December 1965. 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 manned launch for the Apollo program.

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 8

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 3, 1962, 12:15 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Mercury-Atlas 6 carrying Sigma 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. to orbit where he completed 6 orbits lasting a total of 9 hours and 13 minutes. The mission goal was to compete engineering tests and all objectives were met.

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Titan II GLV | Gemini VI-A

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 15, 1965, 1:37 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Gemini 6A was the fifth crewed mission of the NASA's Project Gemini. The mission was commaned by Command Pilot Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Pilot Thomas P. Stafford. The mission achieved the first rewed rendezvous with the Gemini 7 spacecraft. The mission began on December 15, 1965, 13:37:26 UTC and ended on December 16, 1965, 15:28:50 UTC.

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Saturn IB | Apollo 7

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 11, 1968, 3:02 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

The Apollo 7 crew was commanded by Walter M. Schirra, with Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele, and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham. Their mission was Apollo's 'C' mission, an 11-day Earth-orbital test flight to check out the redesigned Block II Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) with a crew on board.

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Administrator: Bill Nelson

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Atlas V 401
Success
3 days, 5 hours ago
Lucy
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of an…


Long March 2
Success
3 days, 22 hours ago
Shenzhou 13
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, …


Long March 2D
Success
5 days, 4 hours ago
Xihe (CHASE)
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. T…


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
5 days, 5 hours ago
OneWeb 11
Cosmodrome Site 1S - Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


New Shepard
Success
6 days ago
NS-18
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

NS-18 is the second crewed New Shepard flight, carrying 4 paying customers.