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Behind the scenes photos of Alan Shepard's space flight. (Very cool)
io9 ^ | 5/5/2014 | RIghtwardho

Posted on 05/05/2014 1:19:44 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo

On this day in 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. muttered to himself, "Don't f*** up, Shepard...", huddled into the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule, and lifted off to become the first America to reach space. These are the photographs from the historic suborbital flight.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; History; Science
KEYWORDS: alanshepard; astronaut; mercury; nasa; space
I fondly remember these great days in our history.
1 posted on 05/05/2014 1:19:44 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

My grandfather had business dealings with Jim McDivitt after he left NASA. I was awestruck at meeting him at informal business lunches and the men’s club breakfasts at the church when I was a kid.


2 posted on 05/05/2014 1:25:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: RIghtwardHo
How do you spell relief? Let's Light This Candle!
3 posted on 05/05/2014 1:26:27 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Back when America was great.

Those Mercury rockets were amazingly small. If a Saturn V was a bus, the Mercury rockets were smart cars.


4 posted on 05/05/2014 1:26:51 PM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I was in French class when Shephard lifted off. Our teacher had a transistor radio that we listened to the coverage on. It was a great day for America. I feel so lucky to have lived during those times.


5 posted on 05/05/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: RIghtwardHo

If one looks up the word, ‘cool’ in the dictionary there will be a photograph of Alan Shepherd, to whit:

During his entire, sub-orbital flight his heartbeat never rose above 80 beats-per-minute. All other astronauts were in the 150 - 160 beats-per-minute range or higher, including Neil Armstrong. He repeated that same ‘cool’ for his subsequent flight.


6 posted on 05/05/2014 1:32:34 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: RIghtwardHo

In one of my classes towards my MS Mech. Eng degree, I had to design the Mercury capsule heat sheild.

I wouldn’t have gone in that thing.


7 posted on 05/05/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT by kidd
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To: RIghtwardHo

i thank God to have witnessed the His Grace shed on the America i love.


8 posted on 05/05/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
What was Ham's heart rate?
9 posted on 05/05/2014 1:58:43 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Great pics.


10 posted on 05/05/2014 2:00:36 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: RIghtwardHo
The day before, two guys wearing Mercury pressure suits took off from a carrier in the Gulf of Mexico and set the world altitude record for a balloon flight. One guy slipped during recovery, and drowned, having removed his helmet, and his suit filled with water.

His body snagged in the balloon lines. I've wondered if that's why there's that membrane around the neck, to try to avoid that issue.

That mission sort of got lost in the news cycle by Shepard's success the next day.

11 posted on 05/05/2014 2:01:26 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: RIghtwardHo
I fondly remember these great days in our history.

When men were men. butch haircuts, skinny ties, white shirts and the music was like this, not some hip-hop garbage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSsiS-v6_6M&feature=kp

When gasoline smelled like gasoline, and Caddy's has skirts and they were long and sleek.

We had a Space Program, we knew Communism Sucked and we wanted to beat the Ruskies, now we are bumming a ride from them, most kids think Communism is cool and we are shell of what we were in 62'...

Can we build a time machine and go back, or will a leader emerge that believes in America's Greatness again? I do think he will emerge soon, I can tell ya about it but then I'd have to give ya the punch line from an old SR-71 Joke...

12 posted on 05/05/2014 2:05:15 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: RIghtwardHo
Heading out this evening to launch model rockets with my Cub Scout den. I didn't know this was the anniversary of Shepard's flight; perfect tie-in.

The boys are really going to love this!

13 posted on 05/05/2014 2:09:01 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: RIghtwardHo

Bookmark


14 posted on 05/05/2014 2:11:59 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Thanks.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 2:16:01 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: taildragger
When men were men.

Yes, and women were women and everyone knew the difference. Gone forever I fear.

16 posted on 05/05/2014 2:53:50 PM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

especially when you have them huddle around and recite Shepard’s Prayer :)


17 posted on 05/05/2014 4:03:17 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: taildragger

“You ain’t lost until you are lost at Mach 3?”


18 posted on 05/05/2014 5:20:03 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Of course, he was a Navy pilot. :’)

During Apollo 14 they were having a problem getting hard dock, and after they finally got it, NASA told them to undock and try it again, because they wanted to make sure both the hardware and the software (IOW, the crew) were in proper working order, the concern being, docking after the LM returned from the lunar surface.

Shepard didn’t want to it, said if need be he’d suit up and hard dock the damned things by hand. NASA didn’t go for it.


19 posted on 05/05/2014 8:16:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thanks RIghtwardHo. Extra to APoD (no other pics in the thread, just at the links).
50 Years Ago: Alan Shepard, First American in Space

Apollo 14 Alan Shepard Golf age 47 oldest American on the Moon video
Apollo 14 Alan Shepard Golf age 47 oldest American on the Moon video

Apollo 14 Alan Shepard Golf age 47 oldest American on the Moon video

20 posted on 05/05/2014 8:26:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RIghtwardHo

The teacher was able to roll a big cart into the classroom, which had a big, boxy B&W TV on top.

We watched the whole thing as it happened.
It was one of the most thrilling moments of my childhood!

I wanted to be the first girl astronaut, but Sally beat me to it!


21 posted on 05/06/2014 5:02:08 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: mass55th

I don’t recall our school paying any attention to the Shepard flight. However, John Glenn’s flight was a big deal which I’ll never forget. The teacher wheeled a TV into the classroom and we watched it most of that day. Watching space shots in the classroom was routine during the whole Mercury series. By Gemini, some of the novelty had worn off.


22 posted on 05/06/2014 12:20:03 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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