The 11-day mission was a series of firsts. It was the first Apollo mission to carry a crew into space and the first to use the Saturn IB launch vehicle to do so. Commander Walter (Wally) Schirra was the first person to fly in space three times, being the only person to fly in all of America’s first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo) and he was the first astronaut to suffer from a cold in space which spread quickly to the other crew members resulting in some tetchy exchanges between mission control and the crew. The mission also featured the first live TV broadcast from an American spacecraft and was the first three-person American space mission.
This is another experimental post. The nuts and bolts of what I’m doing are probably not important to you. I’m sharing this particular entry from the MoonZoo blog because I had no idea that Apollo 7 did so much. Without the work of the Apollo 7 crew, the first Moon landing would not have been possible. This shows that one can be important without being remembered by the world at large.
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