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Fellow astronauts remember Apollo 7 pilot Walt Cunningham as friend and mentor

Fellow astronauts remember Apollo 7 pilot Walt Cunningham as friend and mentor

Judging just by the astronauts who came together to remember Walt Cunningham on Tuesday (Jan. 24), the late Apollo 7 pilot’s reach extended far beyond his 1968 launch into space.

The group, who took part in a panel discussion (opens in new tab) before a more traditional funeral service at Houston First Baptist Church, included two of Cunningham’s fellow Apollo colleagues and four NASA veterans who flew on the space shuttle and International Space Station — the latter well after Cunningham had retired. All of them said they were grateful for Cunningham’ friendship.

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