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  • President Kennedy speaks to Congress on May 25, 1961.

    America's Next Moonshot Moment

    Our journey into the future has its foundations 50 years in the past, when President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge that transformed the tentative early steps of human spaceflight into a giant leap for mankind.

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard inside the Freedom 7 capsule

    Photo Gallery: Alan Shepard and Freedom 7

    Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepard makes history on May 5, 1961, with his suborbital flight on Freedom 7.

  • 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's flight

    Alan Shepard: Freedom 7

    Learn more about Alan Shepard's historic 1961 Freedom 7 mission with video, clickable spacecraft models and historic documents.

  • Liftoff of the Mercury-Redstone 3

    NASA, Space Community Remember 'Freedom 7'

    A gathering at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marks the 50-year anniversary of America's first human spaceflight.

  • Alan Shepard on stamp

    Stamps Mark Shepard's 1961 Flight

    Alan Shepard's 1961 Mercury flight launched 50 years of NASA achievement that the U. S. Postal Service celebrated with a new stamp set.

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