FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NSS Statement on Passing of NASA Astronaut Wally Schirra
Walter 'Wally' Schirra, one of America's greatest space heroes, died on Thursday at the age of 84. He was the only astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and the third American astronaut to reach space. NSS salutes this great explorer, and remembers his vibrant sense of humor. NSS members send their condolences to the Schirra family. Ad Astra!
About the National Space Society
The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world.
The society publishes the award-winning quarterly magazine Ad Astra and also produces the annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC). For more information on Ad Astra, the ISDC, or the society, please visit: www.nss.org