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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

Doug Peterson/Nicole Cloutier
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

October 4, 2005
NASA Honors Former Astronaut Walt Cunningham
NASA is honoring former astronaut Walt Cunningham as an "Ambassador of Exploration." The award provides special recognition for the astronauts of America's early space programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

On Friday, Oct. 7, at noon EDT, NASA officials will present Cunningham with a moon rock at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He is donating the rock to the museum, which is temporarily housing the Apollo 7 Command Module. Cunningham will be available for media interviews.

Cunningham served during the Apollo 7 mission in October 1968. He logged 263 hours in space during the 11-day, 163-orbit flight. The mission's crew was the first to beam live telecasts from orbit, giving millions of people worldwide their first views of space.

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