Cunningham, Walt; Eisele, Donn; Schirra, Wally

Autograph album page signed in person by the 1968 Apollo 7 astronauts

Price: $225.00

Description:
WALLY SCHIRRA (1923-2007) USNA 1946, aviator, aeronautical engineer, original Mercury 7 astronaut 1961-69. He flew the 6-orbit, Mercury-Atlas 8 mission 3 Oct. 1962, 5th American & 9th human to go into space. In 1965 Gemini 6A 2-man mission with Tom Stafford, achieved 1st space rendezvous, putting spacecraft within 1' of Gemini 7. Commanded Apollo 7 Oct. 11-22 1968 on low Earth orbit shakedown test of 3-man Apollo Command/Service Module (AC/SM). 1st to go into space 3 times, only person to have flown in Mercury, Gemini, & Apollo. In late 1966, Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham were to make 2nd manned AC/SM flight test some time in 1967, after Grissom, White and Chaffee on Apollo 1. Their test flight was considered unnecessary, the crew reassigned as Grissom's backup. In Jan. 1967, Grissom and crew were killed in a cabin fire during an Apollo 1 ground test. Schirra's crew was promoted to prime crew of the 1st manned flight, Apollo 7 in the program's revised mission numbering plan, delayed to fall 1968 while safety improvements were made to the Command Module. Apollo 7 performed space rendezvous exercises with the upper stage of the Saturn 1-B rocket and provided 1st live TV pictures publicly broadcast from inside a manned spacecraft, for which Schirra received an Emmy. Schirra caught the most famous head cold in NASA history, which he passed to Eisele, the crew known for grumpy exchanges with Mission Control. DONN EISELE (1930-1987) USNA 1952, USAF test pilot, astronaut, occupied Command Module Pilot seat on 1968 Apollo 7 mission. One of NASA's 3rd group of astronauts selected in 1963, in early 1966, he was selected as Pilot for Apollo 1 with Grissom and White but after dislocating his shoulder twice during training, he was replaced by Chaffee. After corrective surgery in Jan. 1966, Eisele was named to the 2nd manned Apollo flight with Schirra and Cunningham, promoted to Senior Pilot, changed to Command Module Pilot. Acted as navigator, taking star sightings and aligning the spacecraft's guidance and navigation platform. Backup Command Module Pilot for 1969 Apollo 10 flight, resigned from Astronaut Office 1970 to be technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA Langley Research Center to 1972 retirement. In 2008, NASA posthumously awarded him its Distinguished Service Medal for his Apollo 7 mission. WALT CUNNINGHAM (b. 1932) Lunar Module Pilot on 1968 Apollo 7 mission, NASA's 3rd civilian astronaut. Marine fighter pilot 1953-56 in Korea, in 3rd group of NASA astronauts in 1963. On 11 Oct. 1968, he occupied the Lunar Module Pilot seat for the 11-day Apollo 7 flight. Although the flight carried no Lunar Module, he performed myriad system tests aboard this 1st launch of a manned Apollo mission. The crew completed 8 tests, inc. service module engine ignition and measuring accuracy of spacecraft systems. He worked in a management role for Skylab, leaving NASA 1971. In 2008, NASA awarded Cunningham the Distinguished Service for his Apollo 7 mission. Light green 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 autograph album page signed by the 3 Apollo 7 astronauts; identification in other hand at top right.

Condition: Very Good, teeny black mount residue at lower right corner
Type:Autograph album page






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