SCHIRRA'S PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING CHART.
Apollo S00 Series Synoptic Photography Training Chart. 1968. Dual-sided Earth chart mounted on a 9 x 20 inch heavy board. A translucent orbital path indicator can be placed over the board and rotated length wise to place the ground tracks in the proper position on the chart. With a Typed Letter on Wally Schirra's personal letterhead with a special WSM vertical watermark.
WALLY SCHIRRA'S provenance letter reads: "Enclosed with this note is a chart I used during training for the Apollo 7 eleven day earth orbit mission flown in October 1968. I was commander of this first manned Apollo mission and flew with Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham. Two major scientific objectives for this flight were the experiments defined as S005 Synoptic Terrain Photography and S006 Synoptic Weather Photography.
S005 called for my crew to obtain high quality photographs of selected land and ocean areas for geographic, geologic, and oceanographic studies. This training chart has red circles marking specific earth surface areas for us to target and large geometric shapes for areas of broad interest. We used a hand-held NASA modified 70mm Hasselblad 500C camera with an 80mm focal length lens. The film types were SO-121, usually with a type 2A filter and SO-368 with no filter used.
S006 called for photographing up to 27 basic categories of weather phenomena. Targets are marked with squares and triangles in red on this training chart. I vividly remember seeing and photographing Typhoon Gloria and Hurricane Gladys during the flight. Over all, some 300 photographs contained cloud formations and other meteorological items of interest to the science investigators. Again, we used the SO-121 and 368 film types with the Hasselblad 500C.
Overall, Donn, Walt, and I took more than 500 Hasselblad photographs as directed by the black rectangular box numbers located all over this two sided chart. The semi-clear plastic orbit track sheet would fit nicely over this chart and could be move to align the proper series of orbits over the corresponding ground area.
I wrote the following on the chart after the flight "S005 and S006 Apollo 7 Photo Experiments, Wally Schirra, CDR."
The chart INSCRIBED and SIGNED by WALLY SCHIRRA: "S005 and S006 Apollo 7 Photo Experiments, Wally Schirra, CDR" in the south Atlantic Ocean area.