On May 5, 1961 Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he commanded Freedom 7 on the first Mercury mission.  Here is a fantastic one on one “oral history” interview with Alan from NASA’s archives, and here is the full mission video:

(The Right Stuff had Scott Glenn in the role of Shepard.)

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