Sunday, April 22, 2012
Today we feature Alan Shepard, the first American in space. He flew in a suborbital flight on May 5, 1961 aboard Mercury 7. While the Soviets had flown a man several months prior into space, Shepard's flight was an important milestone for the American space program. Shepard went on to walk on the moon on the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard died in 1998.