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    Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

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    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

    • Astronaut Wally Schirra was the fifth American in space and third to orbit Earth
    • Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, dies in California at 84
    • Schirra was only astronaut to fly on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions

    (CNN) -- Wally Schirra, one of the original astronauts in the Mercury 7 project, died Thursday at age 84, NASA officials said.

    Schirra died in California, the officials said. He was the fifth American in space and the third to orbit Earth.

    He was the only astronaut who flew in three of the nation's pioneering space programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

    NASA selected Schirra as one of the first group of astronauts, along with Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and Deke Slayton.

    He flew on the fifth Project Mercury flight, orbiting the Earth six times on October 3, 1962, and was commander of the Gemini 6 flight, which launched December 15, 1965.

    Schirra was commander of Apollo 7, the first manned flight of the Apollo spacecraft and the Saturn 1B rocket. He and crew mates Walter Cunningham and Donn Eisele successfully checked all the Apollo systems during the 11-day mission that launched October 11, 1968.

    The Apollo 7 mission qualified the spacecraft for later moon missions. Schirra retired from the Navy and NASA in 1969.

    He co-authored "The Real Space Cowboys" with Ed Buckbee, a former NASA public affairs officer and the first executive director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

    The book highlights the Mercury astronauts and their contribution to the U.S. space program.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died









    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

    I don't know if "hero" is the right word -- but be damned if they weren't some of the bravest SOBs to ever walk the Earth.

    Hopefully he's moved on to a better place, where people are still interested in pushing the boundaries and exploring the unknown.
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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    I don't know if "hero" is the right word -- but be damned if they weren't some of the bravest SOBs to ever walk the Earth.

    Hopefully he's moved on to a better place, where people are still interested in pushing the boundaries and exploring the unknown.
    Absolutely.

    The Right Stuff is still one of the best movies I've ever seen. These guys pushed the limit just to see if it would budge. Our generation could learn a thing or two.
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    Re: Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts, has died

    Quote Originally Posted by rotnoid View Post
    Absolutely.

    The Right Stuff is still one of the best movies I've ever seen. These guys pushed the limit just to see if it would budge. Our generation could learn a thing or two.
    Ironically, according to the book, Schirra was one of the leaders of pushing for astronauts to be treated as pilots rather than passengers and was quite a colorful personality, but in the movie, he was played as a quiet guy and given little screen time.
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