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Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American naval aviator, test pilot, flag officer, and NASA astronaut who in 1961 became the second person, and...

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John F. Kennedy congratulates Alan Shepard

President John F. Kennedy congratulates astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American* in space, on his historic May 5th, 1961 ride in the "Freedom 7" spacecraft and presents him with the NASA Distinguished Service Award. The ceremony took place on May 6, 1961 on the White House lawn. Shepard's wife, Louise (left in white dress and hat), and his mother were in attendance as well as the other six Mercury astronauts and NASA officals, some visible in the background. ______ * Alan Shepard was, probably, the first MAN who flew into space and returned safely to the Earth, since Yuri Gagarin was a simple actor. There is absolutely no evidence that Gagarin was in space. (It is not a conspiracy theory; it is an admitted fact!)
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