I’m hearing rumors that Wally Schirra died last night.
[Update a couple minutes later]
OK, apparently Keith heard it on CNN as well.
So, Grissom, Slayton, Schirra, Shepard are gone. Besides Glenn, who’s still with us?
OK, Cooper is dead, so it’s just Glenn and Carpenter. They could hold a reunion in a phone booth. And I see that Wikipedia has already updated the Mercury 7 page to reflect Schirra’s passing.
[Update at 12:30 PM EDT]
Here’s the obit from CNN.
Hadn’t thought about that, but it’s true, he was the only astronaut to fly Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
It’s been forty-six years since the first human went into orbit, and twenty-six since the Shuttle first flew. Here’s what I wrote a year ago, on the forty-fifth and twenty-fifth anniversary.
Ham gets his own comic book.
Keith Cowing has some amusing (and ironic) old space station propaganda.
Jonathan Gewirtz has found some, down in the Everglades. I hadn’t previously been aware that there were plans for a solid booster for the Saturn.
Thomas James noted another anniversary yesterday–the end of the last manned mission to the moon, thirty-four years ago.
Dwayne Day completes his fascinating speculations about what would have happened with Apollo had Kennedy lived.
James Gibbons has some memories from Apollo.
Until Moon Day.
Start planning your commemoration dinner now. Invite family and friends, and contemplate the date.