Gallery: America's first small step into space - 50 years ago

Gallery: America's first small step into space - 50 years ago

Summary: On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard was shot to an altitude of 116 miles above Earth becoming the first American in space.

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  • Fellow Mercury Astronaut Gus Grissom wishes Shepard good luck as he prepares to enter his spacecraft, Freedom 7.

  • Freedom 7 was only 11.5-feet tall and 6.2-feet wide.

  • Shepard in Freedom 7.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • RE: Gallery: America's first small step into space - 50 years ago

    It was a significant achievement but still... is being shot like a bullet over a balistic trajectory in what's essentially a V2 rocket a space flight?
    kitko
  • RE: Gallery: America's first small step into space - 50 years ago

    Delighted to have this gallery - I was there as an elementary school kid when he was launched and shook his hand in the parade in Cocoa Beach when he got back.
    lrrlj@...