Latest Wally Schirra Stories

Pioneering Mercury Astronauts Launched Future Of America
2014-05-05 04:00:29

By Bob Granath, NASA From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future. Over the coming years these new astronauts would make frequent trips to Florida's Space Coast and Cape Canaveral Air...

Scott Carpenter, One Of The Original Seven NASA Astronauts, Dies
2013-10-11 06:17:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts to go into space, has died at the age of 88. His death leaves John H. Glenn Jr. as the sole surviving member of NASA’s first class of astronauts. Carpenter’s wife Patty, announced the death but had given no cause. It was known that he entered hospice care recently after suffering a stroke. A NASA statement said he died from complications due to stroke. "We have...

Remembering Gordon Cooper 50 Years After Mercury Mission
2013-05-14 12:26:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to ever experience what it is like to sleep weightlessly. Astronaut Gordon Cooper launched aboard the final Mercury mission May 15, 1963, logging in more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined. He flew the Faith 7 spacecraft around the Earth 22 times and logged in over 34 hours in space. Mercury was America's first human space flight program. It included a...

2010-05-04 08:34:43

Guenter Wendt, the legendary pad leader who often was the last person astronauts saw before going into space, died at his home Monday morning in Merritt Island, Fla., within a few miles of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Wendt had been hospitalized with congestive heart failure and suffered a stroke. He was 85. He worked at Kennedy for 34 years. Wendt, a naturalized American originally from Germany, spoke with a thick accent and made a reputation as a strict overseer of the launch pads and...

2009-09-01 14:15:00

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today delivered USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of the fifth American launched into space, Navy Captain Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, Jr. Construction of the USNS Wally Schirra began in October 2007. The 689-foot-long ship will serve under the Navy's Military Sealift Command and will soon begin delivering as much as 10,000...

2009-03-09 13:30:00

SAN DIEGO, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), yesterday launched the U.S. Navy's newest supply ship, USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), during a christening ceremony at the shipyard. The ship is named in honor of the fifth American launched into space, Navy Captain Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, Jr. The senior Navy astronaut on active duty, Captain Lee Morin, M.D., Ph.D., was the ceremony's principal speaker. Mrs. Josephine...

2007-05-06 06:00:08

By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun May 6--Iknow what happens to certain judges of the District Court of Maryland. Boredom starts to build. I have seen the eyes of brilliant men and women glaze on the District Court bench, as they listen to traffic cases or arguments between neighbors or testimony about yet another drug case. If you look hard enough, you can see etched in the glaze the question: "Is this why I went to law school?" Certain judges of the District Court try to enliven things...

2007-05-05 19:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- More than two dozen former astronauts assembled Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center to honor the Astronaut Hall of Fame's newest inductees also remembered Wally Schirra, one of the space program's legendary old-timers. Schirra, who died Thursday at 84, was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the fifth American in space. Colleagues recalled his steely nerves and jokester's sensibility. Saturday marked the Hall's induction of space shuttle astronauts...

2006-10-11 09:25:00

"She is riding like a dream." So said mission commander Walter Schirra as Apollo 7 rocketed into history on Oct. 11, 1968. During the 10-day mission, Apollo 7's crew -- Commander Walter Schirra, Command Service Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham--paved the way for the missions to follow. Once Apollo 7 cleared the pad, a three-shift mission control team-led by flight directors Glynn Lunney, Eugene Kranz and Gerald D. Griffin in Houston took over. A little...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.