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Astronaut Wally Schirra Passes

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 07:53:13 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 07:53:13 -0400
Subject: Astronaut Wally Schirra Passes

Source: The Toronto Star - Ontairo, Canada


May 03, 2007

Third U.S. Astronaut To Orbit Earth Dies

Associated Press SAN DIEGO =97 Walter M. Schirra Jr., one of the
original Mercury Seven astronauts and the only man to fly on
NASA=92s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, has died. He was 84.

His family said he died of natural causes, David Mould, NASA
press secretary in Washington, said today. Mould said he had
been suffering from cancer but didn=92t know if that contributed
to the death.

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

Americans in space before him were Alan Shepard and Virgil (Gus)
Grissom, who flew suborbital flights in 1961, and John Glenn and
Scott Carpenter, who orbited Earth earlier in 1962.

He returned to space three years later as commander of Gemini 6
and guided his two-man capsule toward Gemini 7, already in

On Dec. 15, 1965, the two ships came close to each other as they
shot through space, almost 300 kilometres above the Earth. It
was the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit.

His third and final space flight in 1968 inaugurated the Apollo
program that sought to land a man on the moon.

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