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Sigma 7: The NASA Mission Reports: Apogee Books Space Series 37 Paperback – September 1, 2003


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  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959018
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,894,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John R. Keller on November 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Captain Wally Schirra was one of the seven Mercury Astronauts named by NASA in April 1959. On October 3, 1962; he piloted the six orbit Sigma 7 Mercury flight; a flight which lasted 9 hours, 15 minutes. The spacecraft attained a velocity of 17,557 miles per hour at an altitude of 175 statue miles and traveled almost 144,000 statute miles before re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. Recovery of the Sigma 7 spacecraft occurred in the Pacific Ocean about 275 miles northeast of Midway Island. His flight was considered a critical flight in the manned space flight program, since the previous two Mercury flights experienced major malfunctions (Scott Carpenter's overshot of the landing site and John Glenn's reentry shield problem).
The book opens with the usual NASA press kit, which covers the basics of the mission, the major hardware components of the Mercury capsule, mission objectives and a biography of the astronaut. The next section of the book contains numerous one and two pages News Releases that cover specific topics of the mission. The next section contains a very interesting scanned in pamphlet called "The Six Orbits of Sigma 7" which as the title indicates provides an overview of his mission. This NASA produced promotional brochure contains many highlights of the mission, from the training exercises, the flight to the splashdown and post-flight celebration tour. It is loaded with numerous black and white photographs, many of which showcase Wally Schirra's personal life.
The next section contains the Flight Operations Debriefing of the mission. The portion of the book is a question and answer section between Wally Schirra and members of the Flight Operations Directorate and was conducted immediately after splashdown.
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For me this book is special. I had the opportunity to meet Wally Schirra at a book signing (The Real Space Cowboys) and was able to speak to him, one on one, during lulls in the autograph lines for about a half hour. This happened a couple of years before he passed. He was a true gentleman, and having this book helps relive a great time of outstanding technical achievement in our nation's history.
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