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.
Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepard makes history on May 5, 1961, with his suborbital flight on Freedom 7.
Learn more about Alan Shepard's historic 1961 Freedom 7 mission with video, clickable spacecraft models and historic documents.
A gathering at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marks the 50-year anniversary of America's first human spaceflight.
Alan Shepard's 1961 Mercury flight launched 50 years of NASA achievement that the U. S. Postal Service celebrated with a new stamp set.