On May 5, 1961, at 9:34am EST NASA astronaut Alan Shepard launched about his Mercury Redstone spacecraft, nicknamed Freedom 7, to become the first American in space. In this image, fellow astronaut Gus Grissom wishes a suited Alan Shepard a safe flight just before insertion into the craft. The flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds and traveled a distance of 303 statute miles. Image Credit: NASA
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#DYK: NASA's Perseverance rover, scheduled to launch in July, will be protected during its space journey & entry to Mars by a special heat shield & aeroshell built by #CDSE member @LockheedMartin, which has built aeroshell systems for every single NASA mission to the Red Planet.
A strong statement written to the space community about our responsibility to come together to address racism, injustice, and social ills from @JeffManber, CEO of @Nanoracks. Well worth reading, and considering. https://twitter.com/jeffmanber/status/1268275747057291264
Congratulations to #CDSE member @astrobotic for being selected by @NASA to continue development of its UltraNav smart camera, which aims to make advanced vision-based spacecraft navigation accessible to the broader space industry! MORE: http://ow.ly/oeH350zY8ok
NASA and #CDSE member @northropgrumman ramp up work on the James Webb Space Telescope that slowed as a result of the pandemic. MORE>> http://ow.ly/I6hc50zY0eC via @SpaceNews_Inc