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Mercury program made history this month in 1961

Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American in space when his Mercury capsule, the Freedom 7, made a 15-minute suborbital flight at 9:34 a.m. May 5, 1961. We remember all of the Mercury 7 astronauts this month. From Shepard to Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra and Donald “Deke” Slayton, […]

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