Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Back in the Day: The Flight Path of Freedom 7...

An illustration showing the Freedom 7's flight path in space after a successful launch on May 5, 1961.

Trajectory of Alan Shepard's Historic Flight (Press Release)

Fifty-four years ago on May 5, 1961, only 23 days after Yuri Gagarin of the then-Soviet Union became the first person in space, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard launched at 9:34 a.m. EDT aboard his Freedom 7 capsule powered by a Redstone booster to become the first American in space. His historic flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds.

Source: NASA


Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard is ready to blast off into space aboard his Freedom 7 capsule...on May 5, 1961.

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