Science, Space and Astronomy, Women in Science

50th Anniversary of the First American in Space

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Al Shepard’s flight aboard Freedom 7, the first Mercury Program capsule that successfully launched an American into space atop a Redstone rocket. Since 2011 has proven to be such a significant year with regards to human spaceflight, let’s have a look at the last 50+ years of America in space. Below you can take a look at the major events, beginning with the space race with the Soviet Union, all the way to Atlantis’ final flight, set to take place June 28, 2011.

EDIT: The “embed” function isn’t working. Follow this link to see the timeline.

I have to say, I really enjoyed making this visualization, especially finding all the videos. As someone who grew up wanting to be an astronaut for nearly my whole life (so far), I’m glad there are such wonderful records of our accomplishments. (NOTE: The Space Shuttle Era is woefully incomplete. In all honesty, I ran out of time to get this finished for class. I will fill in the great achievements as soon as I can.)


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