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The Space Shuttle’s Solemn and Sad Flight Over New York

In 1961, they wheeled a black-and-white TV into my seventh-grade class so we could watch a real American (Alan Shepard, not some commie Russian) go into space, the New Frontier. Today, more than 50 years later in Red Hook, about 50 people, way fewer than those shopping at the nearby ... More »
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50 years of US spaceflight: Alan Shepard, May 5, 1961

Humor : Boing Boing

Image above, NASA. On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard piloted his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule in a 15-minute suborbital flight, becoming America's first astronaut. In this image, he is shown being hoisted aboard a U.S. Marine...

Alan Shepard and the ‘fabulous’ flight into space

News : BlogPost

Fifty years ago, the United States took its first major leap forward in the space race when Alan Shepard launched into orbit. Life.com has a gallery of images of Shepard and his flight here. On May 6, 196, this story ran in The Wash...

50 Years Ago, America Put its First Man in Space [Video]

Humor : Geekosystem

This was the scene on May 5, 1961, when Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Though his first flight was a brief 15minutes and suborbital, it was the beginning of a long and storied career for Shepa...

Meet The Man Behind The Computers That Put The First American In Space

Business & Finance : Business Insider: Money Game

May 5th was the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. manned space flight. The astronaut was Alan Shepard, and it was a huge deal back in 1961 -- the Russians had beaten the U.S. with the first satellite in 1957, and again with the fir...

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: The First American In Space

Business & Finance : Business Insider: Money Game

Fifty years ago today, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space, getting there 23 days after Yuri Gagarin. Shepard launched at 9:34 AM on May 5, 1961 from Cape Canaveral and landed fifteen minutes later. Here's...

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