On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard – one of NASA’s first seven astronauts – became the first American in space.

In this image, President John F. Kennedy, right, awards NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut Shepard in a Rose Garden ceremony on May 8, 1961, at the White House. In the background are the other members of the Mercury Seven, NASA’s original astronauts.

Shepard’s Freedom 7 Mercury capsule flew a suborbital trajectory lasting 15 minutes 22 seconds. His spacecraft landed in the Atlantic Ocean where he and his capsule were recovered by helicopter and transported to the awaiting aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lake Champlain.

View the Alan Shepard image gallery.

Image Credit: NASA


1961年5月5日NASA首批七名宇航员之一的艾伦·谢泼德成为第一个进入太空的美国人。

在这张照片中,总统约翰·F·肯尼迪(右)在1961年5月8日的白宫玫瑰园仪式上向宇航员谢博德颁发NASA的杰出服务奖章。背景是星7号的其他成员,这是NASA最初的宇航员。

谢泼德的自由7号水星太空舱沿亚轨道飞行了15分22秒。他的宇宙飞船降落在西洋上,他和他的太空舱在那里被直升机回收,并被运到等待的美国桑普兰湖号航空母舰上。

查看艾伦·谢泼德图片库。

图片来源:NASA

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