Mercury 8

Pacific Splash Downs supported by Navy Tankers

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Sigma 7 (MA-8)
On October 3, 1962, Walter Schirra became the third American to orbit the Earth. He completed six orbits in Sigma 7, for a total flight time of 9 hours and 13 minutes. Schirra carefully managed fuel and electricity, paving the way for long-duration flights. His flight was considered a textbook success. He re-entered the atmosphere and splashed down 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, about 275 mi (442 km) northeast of Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.
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