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Former Astronaut Walter Schirra to Visit Marshall Center Aug. 26
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 05-142

What: Former Astronaut Walter M. Schirra will visit with employees at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He will discuss his pioneering space missions and present a video about his pioneering space career.

Schirra is the only one of the three living Mercury astronauts who flew in all three of the nation's pioneering space programs -- Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

Following the presentation, Schirra will sign copies of the recently published "The REAL Space Cowboys," which he-co-authored with Ed Buckbee, a former NASA public affairs officer and the first executive director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. The book highlights the Mercury astronauts and their contribution to America's space program.

When: Friday, Aug. 26
1:15 -1:45 p.m. CDT -- Media availability
2 - 3 p.m. -- Schirra presentation
3 - 3:30 pm. -- Book signing

Where: Building 4200, Morris Auditorium

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than Thursday, Aug. 25. Media must report to Gate 9 at the Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Bldg. 4200 on the southwest side.