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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 AGO TODAY: The First American In Space

Business & Finance : Business Insider: Money Game (4 years ago)

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... Read Post

Bob Burnett: Lost in Space: The Decline of the American Spirit

Technology : Huffington Post: Technology Blog (4 years ago)

Fifty years after Alan Shepard became America's first astronaut, the U.S. launched its last space shuttle, marking the end of our space program -- and a new low for the American spirit. Read Post

Alan Shepard becomes first American in Space

Society & Culture : The Retro Blog (6 years ago)

On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 mission and became the first American in space. The flight lasted only 16 minutes, during which Shepard basically went straight up and then down. Later Shepard commanded A... Read Post


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