Freedom 7 Pad LC-5 () Redstone (5) Crew: Alan B. Shepard, Jr Milestones: 4/18/61 - 1st Launch Simulation at pad 5/05/61 - Launch Payload: Spacecraft No. 7, Launch Vehicle MR-7 Mission Objective: The main scientific objective of project Mercury was to determine man's capabilities in a space environment and in those environments to which he will be subject upon going into and returning from space. A few of the basic flight problems included: The development of an automatic escape system, vehicle control during insertion, behavior of space systems, evaluation of pilots capabilities in space, in flight monitoring, retrofire and reentry maneuvers and landing and recovery. Launch Date: May 5, 1961, 9:34 AM EST Launch Vehicle: Mercury-Redstone. Spacecraft unofficially named "Freedom 7' Crew: Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
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