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Freedom 7 Alan Shepard 50th Anniversary
Freedom 7 Alan Shepard 50th Anniversary

From left; Hugh Harris, Former Director of Public Affairs at Kennedy Space Center, Alice Wackermann, Julie Jenkins, Laura Churchley, daughters of Alan Shepard, Jack King, Robert Moser, Jay Barbree, Scott Carpenter, Robert Cabana, Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden are seen following a celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of Alan Shepard's first flight into space, Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The main scientific objective of project Mercury was to determine man's capabilities in a space environment. The flight lasted 15 minutes 28 seconds and covered 303 statute miles.

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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