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Mercury "Freedom 7" capsule in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961.

Prototype of a space suit, designed in 1961. A decade before the moon landing, the College of Engineering made UCLA the first university with an astronautics program.

The Mercury Redstone. This one carried Alan Shepard into sub-orbit space on May 5th, 1961. On a personal note, this is, in my opinion, the most beautiful rocket NASA ever launched.

Ham the space chimp hams it up for the camera soon after his successful space mission 1961

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Vintage LIFE Magazine / 1961 LIFE / First Men in Space / John Glenn / Astronaut

Vintage LIFE Magazine / 1961 LIFE / First Men in Space / John Glenn / Astronaut.

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Vintage Space Poster - Halley's Comet

Comet Halley & Milky Way 12th March 1986. http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/13415/1/dazed-confused-intergalactic

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was an American naval aviator, test pilot, flag officer, NASA astronaut, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space

11-21-1961 Seatle, Washington | Construction on the Space Needle for the World's Fair