Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. is waiting for the launch of the Freedom 7 Mercury shuttle on May 5, 1961. This third Mercury-Redstone (MR-3) vehicle flight, developed by D. Wernher von Braun and the crew of rockets in Huntsville, Alabama, was the first mission in the US land space. During the 15-minute suborbital flight, Shepard reached an altitude of 115 miles and traveled 302 miles downstream.
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