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NASA Alan Shepard First U.S Astronaut Spaceflight 50th Anniversary Key ring
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NASA Alan Shepard First U.S Astronaut Spaceflight 50th Anniversary Key ring

Top quality acrylic key rings. There are lots of different space related designs to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first U.S. Human Spaceflight. May 4th 2011.

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) (Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Ret.) was an American naval aviator and astronaut who became the second person, and the first American, in space. Ten years later, he commanded the Apollo 14 mission, and was the fifth person to walk on the Moon.

Project Mercury

In 1959, Shepard was one of 110 military test pilots invited by the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration to volunteer for the first manned space flight program. Following a gruelling series of physical and psychological tests, NASA selected Shepard to be one of the original group of seven Mercury astronauts.

In January 1961 Shepard was chosen for the first American manned mission into space. Although the flight was originally scheduled to take place in October 1960, delays caused by unplanned preparatory work meant that this was postponed several times, initially to March 6, 1961 and finally to May 5, 1961. On April 12, 1961, SovietcosmonautYuri Gagarin had become the first person to orbit the Earth.