50 years ago today – Freedom 7

Freedom 7 Patch - NASA

23 days after Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, Alan Shepard climbed aboard Freedom 7 and became the first American in space. He was launched at 9:34 EST May 5th 1961 on top of a Redstone booster on his sub-orbital flight.

NASA’s Freedom 7 50th anniversary site – Great resource of video, information and even the original press kit

Redstone boost Freedom 7 - NASA

Great Paper Model of the Redstone and Freedom 7

More on Project Mercury and Redstone

Life Magazine’s Rare and unseen photos of Alan Shepard

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