Saturday, December 22, 2012

First Americans in space - Alan Shepard, John Glenn

We just learned about the First Human in Space - Yuri Gagarin.

The first American to go into outer space was Alan Shepard.
alan shepard
(from: wikipedia - alan shepard)

He flew in a spacecraft called the Freedom 7, on May 5, 1961.
freedom 7

Alan Shepard made it into outer space, but did not orbit the earth like a satellite.

The first American to orbit the earth was John Glenn.
He orbited the earth three times.
john glenn

His spacecraft was called the Friendship 7
freedom 7
(from: wikipedia john glenn)