Quotes by Wally Schirra

About Wally Schirra:

Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America's first effort to put humans in space. He flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, 1962, becoming the fifth American, and the ninth human, to ride a rocket 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. He was the first person to go into space three times, and the only person to have flown in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, logging a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space. He retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain and from NASA after his Apollo flight, becoming a consultant to CBS News for its coverage of the subsequent Apollo flights. He joined Walter Cronkite as co-anchor for the seven Moon landing missions.

Author Bio

  • NameWally Schirra
  • DescriptionAmerican astronaut
  • BornMarch 12, 1923
  • DiedMay 3, 2007
  • CountryUnited States Of America
  • ProfessionUnited States Naval Aviator; Astronaut; Autobiographer; Test Pilot; Aerospace Engineer
  • AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal; Harmon Trophy; Emmy Award; NASA Exceptional Service Medal