01.4.2023

Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham has Died at Age 90

CO2 Coalition Member Walter Cunningham, the last surviving astronaut from the first successful crewed space mission in NASA’s Apollo program, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. He was 90.

Mr. Cunningham is perhaps best known as America’s second civ­ilian Astro­naut. During eight years with NASA he contributed to the design, develop­ment and testing of all the major operating systems of the Apollo spacecraft. In 1966, he was a member of the prime crew of Apollo 2 and backup crew for Apollo 1. When the Apollo 1 prime crew was killed in a fire on the pad he served on the fire investigation board. In 1968, he orbited the earth 163 times as the pilot of Apollo 7 – the first manned flight of the Apollo Pro­gram to land a man on the Moon. Apollo 7 is still the longest, most ambitious and most successful first flight of any manned vehicle.

A member of the CO2 Coalition, Cunningham was a strong supporter of climate skepticism.  In 2010, Cunningham wrote “Climate change alarmists ignore scientific methods” which was published in the Houston Chronicle.

You can read more about Walter Cunningham here and  here.

 

 

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