Born March 16, 1932, Creston, Iowa
Master of Arts in Physics, UCLA
Walter Cunningham received a Bachelor of Arts degree
with honors in Physics in 1960. He received a Master of Arts
degree in Physics in 1961 from the University of California at Los
Cunningham joined the Navy in 1951. He began his flight
training in 1952. In 1953, Cunningham joined a Marine Squadron and
served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps until
August 1956. He continued to serve with the Marine Corps Reserve
program until 1975.
Walter Cunningham published articles for several magazines,
technical journals, and newspapers. Other publications include
"Importance of the Observation That Stars Don't Twinkle Outside
the Earth's Atmosphere" (with L. Marshall Libby), and The
All-American Boys (Macmillan, 1977), the human side of the space
NASA selected Walter Cunningham with the third group of
astronauts chosen in October of 1963.
Walt Cunningham was lunar module pilot for the
eleven-day flight of Apollo 7. Apollo 7 was the first manned
flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft.
During the flight of Apollo 7, astronauts Schirra, Eisele, and
Cunningham, tested the spacecraft's systems, specifically the
systems that had been redesigned after the Apollo 1 fire.
The crew of Apollo 7 also performed rendezvous exercises with
the upper stage of the Saturn launch vehicle and provided the
first television pictures from a U.S. spacecraft.
Apollo splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after
Flight Duration: Ten days, twenty hours, nine
minutes, and three seconds
Click on the Apollo 7
patch to read about Walt Cunningham's historic spaceflight
more detail at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Website.
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