This Week in History – First American Man in Space

On May 5, 1961, nearly a month after Yuri Gagarin’s orbit around the earth won the space race for the Soviet space program, American Alan Shepard makes his 15-minute suborbital journey on Freedom 7. The successful flight thrilled the U.S. and restored national confidence in the space program.

Shepard's Trip A-OkayShepard’s Trip A-Okay · Sat, May 6, 1961 – Page 1 · The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) · Newspapers.com

Words on America's first man in spaceWords on America’s first man in space · Sat, May 6, 1961 – Page 1 · The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) · Newspapers.com

Shepard, suited upShepard, suited up · Sat, May 6, 1961 – 4 · Elmira Advertiser (Elmira, New York) · Newspapers.com

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