History of American Spaceflight

Comdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. peers inside the capsule that was the vehicle for his ride through space on May 5, 1961. Shepard, who had been picked up by a helicopter after his landing at sea and flown to the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain, went to the capsule after it had landed on the carrier's flight deck and retrieved his space helmet. (AP Photo)

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