Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Back in the Day: The Flight Path of Freedom 7...
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.