Thursday, May 6, 2010

Freedom 7

On May 5, 1961, at 9:34am EST NASA astronaut Alan Shepard launched about his Mercury Redstone spacecraft, nicknamed Freedom 7, to become the first American in space. In this image, fellow astronaut Gus Grissom wishes a suited Alan Shepard a safe flight just before insertion into the craft.

The flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds and traveled a distance of 303 statute miles.

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