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Freedom 7 | “Let’s Light This Candle”

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Fifty years ago today the United States of America became a real contender in the space race and shot the first American into space.  Alan Shepard with his famous quote  “Let’s Light This Candle” flew the Freedom 7 space craft atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket into orbit at 9:34 a.m. EST.   Check out the tribute NASA has done to honor this historic day, it’s an interactive page with a great video.  Manned flight was the key to President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech.

Images: NASA

Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

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