Astronaut Alan Shepard in Mercury Pressure Suit, 1961.

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Astronaut Alan Shepard in Mercury Pressure Suit, 1961.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

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Shepard was America's first man in space, on a suborbital hop on 5 May 1961. This was the first manned launch of the Mercury spacecraft. The mission designated MR-3, lasted 15 minutes 22 seconds and Shepard was weightless for 5 minutes. Begun in 1958, Project Mercury was NASA's first manned spaceflight programme.

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