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Item 8075 - MA-8: Wally Schirra's 1962 Calendar Catalog 498 (Apr 2017)

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Wally Schirra's personally-owned and-used spiral-bound Martin Marietta 1962 appointment calendar, 11.25 x 8.75, extensively annotated in pencil and ink in Schirra's own hand from the month of December 1961 to December 1962, a time period that covers three of the six Project Mercury flights, including Schirra's own mission aboard the Sigma 7 during Mercury-Atlas 8 on October 3, 1962. On that particular day, Schirra simply pens and encircles "MA-8" with an arrow pointing upward; the following two days are marked as "Kearsage" [sic], with Saturday, October 6th listing "Deptd. Kearsage for Hickam TF—30 mins C.P. Arrvd. Hon.," and the next day: "Arrv Hon 0045, Parade@Hon, Press Conf. Dinner @ Rice." Schirra has added his name in the upper right of the first page, "CDR. W. M. Schirra, Jr., USN, NASA M. S. C." Other notable dates include: the launch of John Glenn's Friendship 7 on February 20th, "MA-6!! Go-Gone!!"; the launch of Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 on May 24th, "0030 Picked up count, Launch MA-7, 0745-1245, 1745 DPTD 6r GT, 2030 Arrvd GT"; and the month of September, which features several interesting notations: on the 11th, "Reentry Sim (MCC-HAW), Sim 1, me Suited, President aboard"; on the 12th, "Walt's Exam"; and from the 18th to the 20th, "Launch Sims, MCC." A lengthy phone list at the rear of the calendar features contact information for a variety of important contacts, including: "MSC [Mercury 7] @ LFI," "CAL COMM. Flight Director @ MCC," "Scott Carpenter," "Langley AFB," "N. A. A.," and "Douglas." In fine condition, with some wear to cover.

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