[amsat-bb] Re: Alan Shepard, First American in Space
domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Thu May 5 14:00:09 PDT 2011
Hi John, K8YSE
May 5th is also the Anniversary of the death in 1821 in the island
of Saint Helina of His Imperial and Royal Majesty the French
General Napoleon Bonaparte.
Along with his military career he had the merit of introducing the
"Metric System" in september 1799 wich is actually officially
adopted by NASA.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Papay" <john at papays.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 6:16 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Alan Shepard, First American in Space
> Tomorrow, May 5th, we as Americans will celebrate the
> Anniversary of Alan Shepard's flight into space 50 years
> ago. Alan flew in a Mercury capsule on top of a Redstone
> Rocket. His recovery at sea was viewed by millions on
> live television. Alan could have been the first human to fly
> in space, however, delays postponed what was to be an October,
> 1960 launch. Safety was the concern back then as it is today.
> Alan actually had some control over the Mercury capsule including
> it's attitude. His flight was not on autopilot. He was very
> concerned about making a mistake as he knew everyone was depending
> on him. His flight was a great success and a tribute to all those
> who came before him, some giving their lives as test pilots. The
> success could not have been possible if it were not for all those
> who were involved in the design, manufacturing and assembly,
> and all things necessary to launch a spacecraft. All were American
> I was just 15 years old in 1961 and had been licensed as a Novice
> for 3 months. My father worked at NASA Lewis so we were very much
> aware of the tremendous effort being made to put a man in Space.
> The years that came after saw the United States fly mission after
> mission culminating with a lunar landing. Alan Shepard would later
> command Apollo 14 and pilot the lunar lander onto the surface of the
> moon. Alan Shepard (1923-1998) is an American Hero.
> Alan Shepard, the first American in Space, May 5th, 1961. Tell your
> kids and grandkids about him.
> John K8YSE
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