News of the launch of Freedom 7 and the first American Astronaut in Space. Also the first Press Conference (delivered on May 8) featuring Alan Shepard answering questions on the flight.
May 5, 2011

Alan Shepard aboard Freedom 7 - a lot riding on it.

This day 50 years ago the Space Race heated up. Hot on the heels of the Soviet accomplishment, sending their first astronaut (Cosmonaut) Yuri Gagarin into space in April, America quickly followed suit by sending Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut into space.

Here is the sound of the launch from May 5, 1961 and the first Press Conference Shepard delivered on May 8th where he recapped the flight to an overflow crowd of reporters.

A large page of history was made on this day and space became the biggest thing on peoples minds.

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