Death of Walter Schirra

March 12, 1923 - May 3, 2007
La Jolla, California | Age 84

Mercury Seven astronaut dies at 84
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SAN DIEGO - Walter M. Schirra Jr., one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the only man to fly on NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, has died. He was 84.

His family said he died of natural causes, David Mould, NASA press secretary in Washington, said Thursday. Mould said he had been suffering from cancer but didn't know if that contributed to the death.

In October 1962, Schirra became the third American to orbit the Earth, encircling the globe six times in a...

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