1st American in space honored on 50th anniversary
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years to the moment Alan Shepard rocketed away, more than 100 Project Mercury workers joined former astronauts and NASA leaders at the original Redstone launch pad Thursday to celebrate the event that opened space travel to Americans.
Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, soaring 116 miles high in his Freedom 7 capsule.
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