More death, alas. Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, is gone. Only two now remain: John Glenn and Scott Carpenter.
Schirra's last spaceflight, the first Apollo mission, launched the day after I was born, but my youth was steeped in the lore of the early space program, so I feel the death of each one of the pioneer astronauts keenly.
A quote of Schirra's from his obituary in the L.A. Times:
"I look back on those missions and I remember looking at the spaceship Earth," he told a reporter in 1998. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. We need to take care of it."