Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

U.S. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
U.S. Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. was born November 18, 1923 in East Derry, New Hampshire

On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 "Freedom 7" spacecraft on the first manned space flight of the United Sates.  Mr-3 was a suborbital flight following a ballistic trajectory.  The flight attained an altitude of approximately 116 statue miles and the space-craft traveled about 254 statue miles down the Atlantic Missile Range.

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