Countdown "Key" Given to Schirra by Convair Crew

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Title

Countdown "Key" Given to Schirra by Convair Crew

Alternative Title

Countdown "Key" for Schirra

Subject

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
NASA
Project Mercury (U.S.)
Astronauts--United States
Schirra, Wally
Schirra, Walter M. (Walter Marty), 1923-2007

Description

A newspaper article about Dr. Cal Fowler (1929-2013) and B. G. MacNabb presenting an engraved 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 (1923-2007), 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: "Countdown 'Key' Given to Schirra by Convair Crew." 1963: Private Collection of Dr. Calvin D. Fowler.

Date Created

ca. 1963-10

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1963-10

Date Issued

ca. 1963-10

Contributor

Fowler, Calvin "Cal" D.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: "Countdown 'Key' Given to Schirra by Convair Crew." 1963.

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Extent

46.8 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Type

Text

Coverage

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

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History 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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