CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA - PRESS PASS UNSIGNED CIRCA 1988 - HFSID 202271
Sale Price $450.00
THE FORMER ASTRONAUT'S PRESS PASS FOR THE LAUNCH OF STS-26 DISCOVERY, THE FIRST SHUTTLE MISSION AFTER THE CHALLENGER DISASTER
WALLY SCHIRRA. Press Pass, unsigned. Pass No. 100790 for the launch of STS-26 Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center. Imprinted: "NASA/STS-26/News Media". Color logo of the mission at upper right margin. Typed label: "Walter M. Schirra Jr./WESH-TV Broadcasting Company" at lower margin. Imprinted warning on verso, which bears the facsimile signature of Forrest S. McCartney, Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The STS-26 Discovery mission, the first mission after the Challenger disaster, was launched from Pad B, Launch Complex 39, at the Kennedy Space Center on September 29, 1988. The crew, which included veteran astronauts Frederick H. "Rick" Hauck (Commander), Richard O. Covey (Pilot) and Mission Specialists John M. "Mike" Lounge, George D. "Pinky" Nelson and David C. Hilmers, landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California on October 3, 1988. WESH-TV, which is located in Orlando, Florida, continues to employ a "space reporter". Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, Jr. (1923-2007), one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts, was the fifth American in space (Sigma 7, October 3, 1962, six orbits, nine hours and 13 minutes). On December 15-16, 1965, aboard Gemini 6A, he and Thomas Stafford completed 15 orbits and successfully rendezvoused with Gemini 7. Schirra was also the Commander of the first manned Apollo 7 mission, October 11-22, 1968, making him the only astronaut to participate in all three space programs. Laminated. Minor glue stains on typed label. Fine condition.
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