- Name: Wally Schirra
- Born: 03/12/1923
- Died: 05/03/2007 (84 years old)
- Occupation: Naval aviator, test pilot
Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (//, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007), (Captain, USN, Ret.), was an American naval aviator, test pilot, 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 into 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 (30cm) 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 crewed launch for the Apollo program.
Birth Name: Walter Marty Schirra Jr.
Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal
School: Newark College of Engineering, USNA, B.S. 1945
Alias: Walter Marty Schirra Jr.
Birth Place: Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Death Place: San Diego, California, U.S.
Wally Schirra quotes :
Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.Wally Schirra