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From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future.
Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts to go into space, has died at the age of 88. His death leaves John H. Glen Jr. as the sole surviving member of NASA’s first class of astronauts.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper launched aboard the final Mercury mission May 15, 1963, logging in more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined. He flew the Faith 7 spacecraft around the Earth 22 times and logged in over 34 hours in space.
According to papers filed on Thursday of last week, federal prosecutors and former astronaut Edgar Mitchell have settled on an agreement over a camera brought back during the Apollo 14 moon mission.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, as NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first U.S.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued this statement Thursday, May 5, about the 50th anniversary of United States human spaceflight.
The team exploring Mars via NASA's Opportunity rover for the past seven years has informally named a Martian crater for the Mercury spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard christened Freedom 7.
Two Stamps Recognize 50th Anniversary of First Manned Spaceflight KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Postal Service dedicated two stamps today commemorating two historic events -- one that occurred a half century ago, and the second that's making history now.
Alan Shepard was a naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He was the second person, and the first American, in space. He was also the fifth person to walk on the moon. He was born Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. on November 18, 1923 in Derry, New Hampshire. Upon his completion of high school, Shepard's continuing education would last several more years. He started at the United States Naval Academy, where he received his Bachelor degree in 1944. In 1945, Shepard married his sweetheart, Louise Brewer....
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