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cspg
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posted 11-18-2015 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sigma 7: The Six Mercury Orbits of Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
by Colin Burgess
Colin Burgess offers a comprehensive yet personal look at the 1962 orbital mission of Wally Schirra aboard the spacecraft Sigma 7, the first book about this popular pioneering astronaut which explores his entire life and accomplishments. This continues the Pioneers in Early Spaceflight series, the volumes of which form an excellent record of Project Mercury's pioneering early phase of the Space Age.

Schirra's pre-NASA life is examined, as well as his training as a NASA astronaut and for his Mercury MA-8 flight. The 6-orbit flight of Sigma 7 is fully covered from its origins through to the spacecraft's safe recovery from the ocean after a highly successful Mercury mission. Schirra's participation on the Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 missions is also told, but in brief, and the book also relates his post-NASA life and activities through to his passing in 2007. The Mercury Seven occupy a unique spot in the history of human spaceflight, and Schirra is at last given his due as one of the contributing astronauts in this painstakingly researched book.

  • Springer, October 7, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-27982-4

hermit
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posted 11-18-2015 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The manuscript is almost ready for editing.

ColinBurgess
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posted 11-19-2015 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I truly enjoyed putting this book together, with the assistance of some wonderful people who were part of the Wally Schirra story. I am particularly indebted to my old mate Francis French for helping set up a private viewing of the Schirra family papers at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. It was worth the flight across from Australia and back. Wally's own book was great, but he did tend to skip a lot of things - but that was just his way.

I'd imagine this book will be out around March/April.

mikepf
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posted 11-19-2015 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I look forward to this one. It's one of my favorite missions, flown on my 5th birthday! 5th birthday way back then? Man, I'm getting old...

moorouge
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posted 11-30-2015 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One is able to pre-order this from Amazon UK at £23.13 with free delivery. Amazon will reduce this should the price drop between now and the actual publication date.

ColinBurgess
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posted 11-30-2015 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The completed manuscript and 255 photos have now gone off for copyediting, which will begin soon, so the book is well on track for a spring release in the U.S.

BMacKinnon
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posted 11-30-2015 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully it will be available before Spacefest!

ColinBurgess
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posted 12-09-2015 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sometime around April/May is likely if all goes well.

hermit
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posted 02-01-2016 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The package has just been submitted for layout.

ColinBurgess
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posted 06-21-2016 02:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For all you fans of Wally Schirra out there, my latest book in the Mercury series, "Sigma 7," has just been released and is now available for purchase from amazon.com.

PeterO
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posted 06-21-2016 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon has shipped my copy, and it will arrive tomorrow. It's next on my reading list as soon as I finish "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom."

1202 Alarm
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posted 06-21-2016 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My amazon.fr order landed in my mailbox today. One more to go and the Mercury collection will be complete!

Philip
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posted 06-22-2016 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does it mention the first Omega Speedmaster in space?

ColinBurgess
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posted 06-22-2016 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No ... but I hope that doesn't mean you won't buy a copy.

Ronpur
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posted 06-22-2016 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine came today. I have it up next after I finish "Into the Black". But, the photos looked awesome!

Ronpur
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posted 07-25-2016 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, really loving this book and learning more about what a wonderful person Wally was. And I really enjoyed learning more about Cece!

ed zigoy
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posted 11-14-2017 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ed zigoy   Click Here to Email ed zigoy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The unnamed "planetary scientist" behind Wally Schirra and Scott Carpenter in the photo on page 52 of this book is the Morehead Planetarium Director Anthony F. (Tony) Jenzano (spelled Genzano in the book Schirra's Space).

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