Schirra Presented with Launch Key from Atlas Crew

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Title

Schirra Presented with Launch Key from Atlas Crew

Alternative Title

Schirra Presented with Launch Key from Atlas Crew

Subject

Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Fla.)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
NASA
Atlas (Missile)
Astronauts--United States
Project Mercury (U.S.)

Description

A newspaper article and photograph showing Dr. Cal Fowler (1929-2013), on the left, presenting the launch key to astronaut Wally Schirra (1923-2007) Dr. Fowler, the Launch Conductor at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)'s Launch Complex 14 (LC-14) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, used the key to launch Schirra's spacecraft, Sigma 7, into orbit on October 3, 1962. Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) was the fifth manned space mission and was launched as part of Project Mercury.General Dynamics Astronautics, the firm which conducted the launch, had the key gold-plated and engraved with the following message: "Wally Schirra, MA-8 Orbital Launch, 10-3-62 7:15 a.m." The opposite side of the key stated: "Atlas, Launch Console Arming Key, Mercury Sigma 7, General Dynamics Astronautics."

Source

Original newspaper article, 1962: Private Collection of Dr. Calvin D. Fowler.

Date Created

ca. 1962

Contributor

Fowler, Calvin "Cal" D.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original newspaper article, 1962.

Is Part Of

Dr. Calvin Fowler Collection, Florida Space Coast History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

"Dr. Calvin "Cal" Fowler Presenting Walter "Wally" Marty Schirra, Jr. with Launch Key." RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

230 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally owned by Dr. Calvin D. Fowler.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Dr. Calvin D. Fowler and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Michlowitz, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Mercury Atlas 8." National Space Science Data Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1962-052A.

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