Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Walt, Wally and Donn Show
October 13, 1968

Apollo 7 used a specially designed camera to downlink the first live television from space. The Walt, Wally, and Don Show aired on this day in 1968.

As Walter Schirra explains, the broadcast received an Emmy. He also talks about his use of Actifed and Kimberly-Clark tissues to nurse their colds on-orbit. He later did a commercial for Actifed!

A video about the RCA camera here.

Note: Apollo 7 was also the first spaceflight to have hot coffee. Looks like someone missed out on the coffee commercial opportunity...

Apollo 7 - As it Happened video.
40th Anniversary flash feature - click the Apollo 7 patch.
Apollo 7 NASA page.
Apollo 7 NASA History page.