Thursday, May 5, 2011

Remembering Alan Shepard

NASA TV cameras film a ceremony unveiling a stamp honoring Alan Shepard. Note the Mercury-Redstone mockup directly behind the USPS logo.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's 15-minute flight that began the American human space flight program.

Florida Today reports on a ceremony yesterday in the rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to honor Shepard with a "forever" stamp.

I was lucky enough to attend and took the photo at the top of this article.

Alan Shepard's daughter told a story about when her father went to the White House to visit President Kennedy.

In strode the President's daughter Caroline. Kennedy introduced Shepard as "the first American in space." Caroline looked around and said, "Where's the chimpanzee?"

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