Walter M. Schirra Jr., One of the Original Seven Astronauts, Is Dead

Walter M. Schirra Jr., one of America's original seven astronauts, has died at the age of 84. Schirra, said NASA, died of natural causes at a hospital in La Jolla, Calif., near his home. Chosen from the Navy to become one of NASA's Mercury astronauts in 1959, Wally Schirra went on to become the first man ever to make three flights in space. Schirra was a jovial man and a serious pilot. "Levity is appropriate in a dangerous trade," he once said in a Life magazine profile. "It was...Full Story
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