On this date in 1961

Freedom 7 Patch

May 5th 1961

Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in Space with a 15 minute 28 second suborbital flight. This was 23 days after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The launch occurred at 9:34 am EST . The spacecraft was named Freedom 7 and was launched on a Redstone booster(MR-3).

My guide to the Mercury Redstone

NASA: Freedom 7

Build your own Mercury RedstoneUltimate Paper Rocket Guide

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