Press Release

NASA Honors Former Astronaut Walt Cunningham

By SpaceRef Editor
October 5, 2005
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NASA is honoring former astronaut Walt Cunningham as an “Ambassador of Exploration.” The award provides special recognition for the astronauts of America’s early space programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

On Friday, Oct. 7, at noon EDT, NASA officials will present Cunningham with a moon rock at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He is donating the rock to the museum, which is temporarily housing the Apollo 7 Command Module. Cunningham will be available for media interviews.

Cunningham served during the Apollo 7 mission in October 1968. He logged 263 hours in space during the 11-day, 163-orbit flight. The mission’s crew was the first to beam live telecasts from orbit, giving millions of people worldwide their first views of space.

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