SCHIRRA'S APOLLO 7 ORBITAL PHOTO CHART—SIGNED. Apollo S00 Series Synoptic Photography Training Chart. 1968.
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SCHIRRA'S APOLLO 7 ORBITAL PHOTO CHART—SIGNED. Apollo S00 Series Synoptic Photography Training Chart. 1968.
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SCHIRRA'S APOLLO 7 ORBITAL PHOTO CHART—SIGNED.
Apollo S00 Series Synoptic Photography Training Chart. 1968. A double-sided Earth chart mounted on 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 Rancho Santa Fe, CA, letterhead.

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....
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....
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....
I wrote the following on the chart after the flight –
'S005 and S006 Apollo 7 Photo Experiments, Wally Schirra, CDR.'"
The inscription and signature are at the South Atlantic Ocean area of the chart.
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