On May 5th, 1961, Alan B. Shepard, in his Freedom 7 capsule, propelled by the Redstone rocket, launched int...
On May 5th, 1961, Alan B. Shepard, in his Freedom 7 capsule, propelled by the Redstone rocket, launched into a sub-orbital space flight. The launch was in response to the Soviets sending their first man into space about 20 days before. Shepard was one of the orignal Mercury 7 astronauts, hence the "7" in the capsule name. His flight lasted 15 min. and 22 sec. approx.
Note: Segments of the flight are cut out do to YouTube's 10-minute video rule. The most relevant parts of the mission are included.
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