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Friday, May 5, 2017
First U.S. space flight Alan Shepard 1961
Alan B. Shepard became the first American in space when he flew on Freedom 7, launched May 5, 1961. His flight lasted about 15 minutes, reaching an altitude of 115 miles and experiencing 5 minutes of weightlessness. His historic flight came less than a month after Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.