Astronaut Walter Cunningham of Apollo-7 mission passed away

Astronaut Walter Cunningham of Apollo-7 mission passed away

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Category : Obituaries Published on: January 06 2023

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  • US astronaut Walter Cunningham, the last surviving member of the first Nasa mission to ever broadcast live TV from orbit, has died at the age of 90.
  • Apollo 7 was an 11-day manned mission in 1968 that tested the ability to dock and rendezvous in space.
  • It paved the way for the moon landing by Apollo 11 less than a year later.
  • As lunar module pilot for Apollo 7, he was accompanied by Navy Captain Walter Schirra and Air Force Major Donn Eisele.
  • He had previously served in the US Navy and Marines and flew 54 missions in a fighter jet over Korea, retiring at the rank of colonel.
  • It was NASA’s first crewed space mission since the deaths of the three Apollo 1 astronauts in a launch pad fire Jan. 27, 1967.
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