Mercury-Redstone 3

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Mercury-Red-stone 3, or Freedom 7, was the first United States human spaceflight, on May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. It was the first crewed flight of Project Mercury. The project had the ultimate objective of putting an astronaut into orbit around the Earth and return him safely. Launch date: May 5, 1961 Rocket: Redstone MRLV MR-7 Landing date: May 5, 1961 Member: Alan Shepard Recovered by: USS Lake Champlain Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft Corporation