Cunningham, the last member of the Apollo 7 mission, died

Walter Cunningham, a member of the Apollo 7 space mission, has died at the age of 90. He was the only survivor among the astronauts who took part in this mission. Apollo 7 was the first mission to be televised live from Earth orbit.

Member Cunningham died last Tuesday (January 3) in Houston, USA.
NASA confirmed Cunningham’s death in a statement. However, the statement did not say how exactly he died. There was no immediate comment from Cunningham’s family. However, Cunningham was one of three astronauts on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968.

This spacecraft orbits the earth from space for 11 days. This time was broadcast live on television. Cunningham’s companion on the Apollo 7 mission was US Navy Captain Walter M. Vein and Air Force Maj. Don F. Izel. Cunningham was the Lunar Module pilot for space flight. NASA says Cunningham, Eisele and Shira performed a perfect mission.

Cunningham was born in Creston, Iowa. He studied physics from the University of California. He earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Cunningham joined NASA after completing his doctorate from the same place. He was a civilian when he was selected for the Apollo 7 mission.

Cunningham, who came from a poor family, often thought of his past. In an interview a year before his death, he recalled how he grew up poor. He said that when he was young, he dreamed of flying an airplane, not a spaceship.

After retiring from NASA in 1971, Cunningham focused on engineering, business and investing. He became known as a public speaker and radio host. In Cunningham’s autobiography The All-American Boys he recounts his life as an astronaut.

Member Cunningham died last Tuesday (January 3) in Houston, USA

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