This Day In Astro History


Mercury Redstone
Mercury Redstone 
Rocket takes the first American to space

May 5

1961 - After several delays on the launch pad, some of them planned, Alan Shepard became the first American in "space", taking a 15 minute suborbital ride aboard the Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7. He flew to an altitude of 116 statute miles  and to a landing point 302 statute miles down the Atlantic Missile Range.
Alan Shepard and Freedom 7
Alan Shepard aboard Freedom 7 prior to liftoff
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene