Space History: Alan Shepard First American in Space

alan_shepardThe date was May 5, 1961. Twenty-three days earlier the Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human being in space. The United States was eager to answer. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard was selected for the mission. He was to pilot the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule. The rocket ship carrying his capsule lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 9:34 a.m. The flight lasted just 15 minutes and 22 seconds, but Shepard achieved a sub-orbital trajectory, making him the first American and the second human being in space.

Upon seeing the Earth for the first time from that vantage point, he radioed to the ground, “What a beautiful view.”

His craft splashed down 302 miles east of Cape Canaveral. Shepard was retrieved by helicopter and transported to the air craft carrier USS Lake Champlain.

He later famously said, “It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

Later Shepard commanded Apollo 14 and, at the age of 47, became the fifth and oldest man to walk on the moon. He retired from the US Navy as a Rear Admiral.

The following video shows the entire mission beginning with Shepard entering the spacecraft through is rescue at sea.

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anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay Davis is an author, thinker, and advocate for human potential. He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series. Signed copies of Book 1, Revelation, are now available within the U.S. from his website, AATrilogy.com or outside the US from Amazon or by order from your local bookstore.

About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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