Schirra, Walter (Marty)(1923– ) astronaut, naval officer; born in Hackensack, N.J. He was chosen as one of the seven original astronauts (1959). He participated in three missions into space: Sigma 7 (1962), Gemini 6 (1965), and Apollo 7 (1968). He resigned from NASA (1969) and developed his business interests in Denver, Colo.
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