Mercury Space Program, Blast-Off from Cape Canaveral with Astronaut in Space Capsule
The Mercury space program began in 1958 with the purpose of putting a man in orbit around the earth. On 5 May, 1961 CDR Alan Shepard became the first American in space, a trip lasting 15 minutes and 28 seconds.
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