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May 5, 1961: Al Shepard and Freedom 7

5 May 2016, 14:47 UTC
May 5, 1961: Al Shepard and Freedom 7
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Astronaut Al Shepard, above with Gus Grissom, made history 55 years ago today as he launched in Freedom 7 atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket to become the first American in space. The rocket lofted Shepard using a 78,000-pound thrust engine, less powerful than the abort engine clusters in development by Boeing and SpaceX for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program spacecraft.

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