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First American In Space

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Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space when on May 5, 1961 at 9:34am EST he lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Freedom 7 as a part of the Mercury program. He achieved a suborbital altitude of 116.5 miles. He landed successfully in the Atlantic Ocean after 15 min, 28 seconds.

Source: NASA

Posted:  2002-04-15  2:18:47 PM

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