News Archive / Tagged: Alan Shepard
Our spaceflight heritage: A conversation with Fred HaiseScott JohnsonDecember 24th, 2021
Spaceflight Insider spoke with Fred Haise after a ceremony commemorating the 2020 designation of the A-1 Test Stand after the Apollo 13 astronaut.
Light this candle! The 60th anniversary of the first American in spaceMatt HaskellMay 5th, 2021
Sixty years ago today, on May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard rocketed to space in his Mercury capsule to become the first American and the second human in space.
Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The flight of Freedom 7 fifty four years agoGregory CecilMay 5th, 2015
Fifty four years ago today, Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American in space flying aboard the Mercury capsule Freedom 7. Shepard and his ship lifted off atop a Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 5 and followed by a successful splashdown in the Atlantic after a flight lasting just over […]
Insider Interview: Recent AHoF inductee Jerry Ross talks NASA and Commercial CrewJason RhianJuly 5th, 2014
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During a recent interview that SpaceFlight Insider conducted with this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Ross, the seven-time space flight veteran and former Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ross recently penned his autobiography dubbed Spacewalker: My […]
Our Spaceflight Heritage: America leaps into spaceHeather SmithMay 5th, 2014
On this day in 1961, America took its first step toward launching humans into space. Showing tremendous bravery a single astronaut, one of the original Mercury seven astronauts looked toward the sky and told the launch control team that it was time to: “Light this candle…”
Our Spaceflight Heritage: First Manned SpaceflightNASAApril 12th, 2014
On this day in 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first person in space. Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The date of April 12 was already a huge day in terms of space history because of this. Some twenty years later, this date would be underlined in terms of […]
2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees AnnouncedJason RhianFebruary 8th, 2014
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Two space shuttle veterans have been tapped to enter into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHoF). The announcement was made on Feb. 7 at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The duo selected to enter the AHoF included the first astronaut to […]