Space Rocket History #25 – Mercury Redstone 3 – Freedom 7 with Alan Shepard

November 22, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

Over 52 years ago, in the early hours of May 5th, 1961 the US prepared to launch its first man into space. Three weeks earlier, the Soviet Union had sent Yuri Gagarin on an orbital mission. This was a suborbital mission planed to last only 15 minutes. For the moment that did not matter, the entire nation held its breath while Alan Shepard became America’s first man in space.

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