NASA releases photo of first manned space flight
Astronaut Alan Shepard is hurled into space atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket on May 5, 1961. Freedom 7 was the first American manned suborbital space flight, making Shepard the first American in space. He later commanded the Apollo 14 mission, and was the fifth person to walk on the moon. (UPI Photo/NASA/FILE)
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Astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the 50th anniversary of their Feb. 20, 1962, blastoff into orbit.
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