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President and Mrs. Kennedy watch Alan Shepard's lift off

Cecil W. Stoughton1961-05-05

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, United States

On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. soared into history. Crammed into this Mercury Space Capsule that he named Freedom 7, Shepard became the first American to travel in space. The capsule was blasted into suborbital flight in a mission that laid to rest any doubts that an astronaut could function as a pilot in space. Shepard assumed control of this spacecraft for a portion of his fifteen-minute flight, while remaining in almost constant communication with Project Mercury Mission Control.

Freedom 7’s mission was a milestone along the course charted by President Kennedy to make the United States the world leader in space exploration.

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  • Title: President and Mrs. Kennedy watch Alan Shepard's lift off
  • Creator: Cecil Stoughton
  • Date Created: 1961-05-05
  • Location Created: Washington, DC
  • External Link: View photo

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