Science Past from the issue of May 20, 1961

By Science News, 12:53 PM May 5, 2011

U.S. SPACEMAN A-OKAY — The United States broke the space barrier May 5 when Alan B. Shepard, Jr., 37-year-old astronaut, rode the Mercury capsule 302 miles down-range from Cape Canaveral, Fla. At 9:34 a.m. EST the Redstone rocket carrying the Mercury capsule lifted off the launching pad and took the astronaut for a 15-minute trip that made him exclaim, “Man, what a ride!” … Shepard had some difficulty breathing and seeing as he went into space and back, but no more than he was prepared...

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