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Alan Shepard | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Astronaut Alan Shepard (second from the left), then the head of NASA's astronaut office, talks with the press at Cape Canaveral before the Gemini 8. On April 14, 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel in space. His flight, which was broadcast to a nervous nation, was sub-orbital, and it lasted only 15 minutes--not too much longer than the Wright Brothers' longest flight in 1903. Later an inner ear disturbance removed Shepard from flight status, but after surgery he was able to command Apollo 14 and walk on the moon.
DESCRIPTION
Astronaut Alan Shepard (second from the left), then the head of NASA's astronaut office, talks with the press at Cape Canaveral before the Gemini 8. On April 14, 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel in space. His flight, which was broadcast to a nervous nation, was sub-orbital, and it lasted only 15 minutes--not too much longer than the Wright Brothers' longest flight in 1903. Later an inner ear disturbance removed Shepard from flight status, but after surgery he was able to command Apollo 14 and walk on the moon.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11314
Creation Date:circa 1966
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Cape Canaveral
County:
State:Florida
Collection Name:Public Relations Society of America : Public Relations Society of America records, 1938-2013
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:U.S. Mss 64AF, Box 81
Original Dimensions:10.5 x 6.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Clothing and dress
Hats
Indoor photography
Men
Women
Exploration
Outer space
Astronauts

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