Astronaut Walter Shirrer retires from NASA.
body demonstrators e restrained the reiterating Schirra Plans uitNASA SPACE CENTER, Houston I U P D -- A s t r o n a u t Walter M. Schirra. who commanded America's first Apollo mission in orbit last October and then retired from space flying, will drop completely out of the space program June 1, it was learned Saturday. The 45-year-old spaceman, one of the nation's original seven M e r c u r y astronauts, also will resign^jjmn duty as a Navy captain on the same date, said Paul Haney, chief s p o k e s m a n at the Manned Spacecraft Center. H A N E Y SATO S c h i r r a wants to .enter private industry, but has not selected a specific job yet. He sard the wacy-haired astronaut "has talked to a number of businessmen and will talk to a lot more" before making up his mind where to go. "About the only area he's not considering is politics," Haney said. Schiira's departure from the National Aeronautics and Space A d m i n i s t r a t i o n will leave only three of the original seven Mercury spacemen in the astronaut corps. Only one of t h e s e , Gordon Cooper, is still eligible to fly spacecraft. THE OTHER TWO--Astronaut chief Donald K. "Deke" Slayton 'and^Alan--hepard . America's first man in space --are grounded for medical reasons. Both hold administrative posts in the spaceman corps. Two other Mercury Â·; nauts -- John Glenn and Scott Carpenter -- resigned from the space agency and one, Virgil G r i s s o m, was killed in the fire which burned the Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy in 1967. Schirra came into the astronaut corps in 1959. He flew a one-man Mercury mission in 1962 and commanded the flight of Gemini 6, with astronaut Thomas Stafford as co-pilot in 1965. SHORTLY B E F 0 R E the Apollo 7 mission, which Schirra commanded in earth orbit for 11 days to give moonship its first checkout with men, the veteran astronaut said the October-flight would be his last. "I don't think I've got the steam left to go through another two years of this," he said. "That's what it would take to get ready for another night." At that time he also said he-would remain in thÂ«-space agency "until we do what set out to do, which is to effect the lunar (landing) mission and to return." FOR THIS reason, some observers viewed his June date for leaving the space agency with surprise. The first scheduled lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, is set to start July 15. Haney said he did not know why Schirra chose June 1 as his termination date. He said until that time Schirra will work with space agency planners in Washington on long-range designs a space station that might orbit the earth in the mid- 1970s. Haney said Schirra, a native of Hackensack, N.J., and a fighter pilot in Korea before he joined the astronaut program, would like to find a managerial job that would use his piloting skills and knowledge of advanced aircraft and spacecraft design. "HE'S SORT OF beating the bushes to see what's available now," Haney said. "He really doesn't know Â·hat he is going to do." Schirra and his blonde wife Joan are building a home between Denver and Bonlder. Colo., Haney said, and will spend their time there and in Houston unless Schirra takes a job that requires him to move away from the space center area. Court Reports Ditoqich State Service WILMINGTON, O h i o -Municipal Court Judge Frank B. Jandes reported 500 criminal cases filed in his court January. They yielded $19,577.