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Launched May 5, 1961 BY KAP CANAVERAL
ABOUT VIDEO: Freedom 7 launches on May 5, 1961 from Cape Canaveral
BREVARD COUNTY • CAP CANAVERAL, FLORIDA • MAY 5, 1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space on this day in 1961.
His suborbital flight in Freedom 7 reached a top speed of 8,200 km / h and a height of 187.4 km. 19659009] The mission objective was to test the abilities of a person during space flight.
The capsule had no window, so Shepard could only see its surroundings through a periscope.
The capsule spraying took place in the Atlantic Ocean. Shepard and the capsule were helicoptered by the crew of USS Lake Champlain.
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