Walter Cunningham

Born March 16, 1932, Creston, Iowa
Bachelor and Master of Arts in Physics, UCLA

About the Man

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 Angeles

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 program.

NASA selected Walter Cunningham with the third group of astronauts chosen in October of 1963.

About the Spaceflight

Apollo 7


Oct. 11-22, 1968

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 163 orbits.

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
in more detail at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Website.

Graphics and Info Courtesy of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center

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