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APOLLO 7 ASTRONAUT WALT CUNNINGHAM TO SPEAK AT THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUMColonel Walt Cunningham was America's second civilian astronaut. He was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 7 and joined NASA less than one month before the Kennedy assassination in 1963.
Launched in October, 1968, Apollo 7 was the first manned mission of the Apollo program following the tragic death of the Apollo 1 astronauts during a launch pad test. Apollo 7 flew in a standard Earth orbit for a series of exercises and tests in transportation, docking, propulsion and spacecraft control systems. It was an 11-day mission - longer than a journey to the moon and back. The flight also provided the first effective TV transmission of onboard crew activities. Following the success of Apollo 7, NASA then launched Apollo 8, the first to orbit the moon.
Today, Col. Cunningham is a successful businessman, author, lecturer and radio talk show host.
As part of The Sixth Floor Museum's monthly "Meet the Museum" daytime series, Col. Cunningham will share his story with Associate Curator Stephen Fagin. An audience Q&A will follow.
The program is Friday, May 27 at 11:30am. The program is open to the public and free with paid admission to the Museum. Seating is limited.
For more information on the Meet the Museum monthly program series visit www.jfk.org.
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