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42nd Anniversary Of First American In Space  
User currently offlinePropilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 596 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Today NASA (the worlds largest space agency) celebrates the 42nd annviersary of the first american that first flew into space 42 years ago this day on May 5, 1961. That first american that flew into space this day 42 years ago was Astronaut Alan B. Shepard.



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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

No, It was Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard JR.

Alan B. Shepard never flew into space.  Big grin


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

The sad part of this is, 42 years and numerous technological leaps and bounds later, and we are still just circling the Earth with no manned planetary programs even being considered! Very sad, indeed!  Crying

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

MxCtlr Amen to that. We should have been on Mars years ago, possibly decades ago. We certainly have had the technology to do it for a very long time, it's only the will that's lacking. At least the ISS is one step in the right direction. When it's complete in 2004 it could become a launching post to the moon/Mars. NASA really has excelled in the field of robotic exploration via space probes. Voyager 1 and 2, Pioneer 10 and 11, Galilaeo to Jupiter, Viking and Pathfinder to Mars, Cassini on its way to Saturn as we speak. Space probes have taught us a great deal but it's time to take the next step- a manned mission to Mars.

User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1284 times:
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We should have been on Mars years ago, possibly decades ago. We certainly have had the technology to do it for a very long time, it's only the will that's lacking.

And the money. With Bush running the deficit into the stratosphere again to pay for his silly war, don't look for the cash any time soon. Too bad.



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

I am hoping that in my lifetime, technology will have improved enough to allow the average human to travel to space. I would die a happy man if I had traveled in outer space.


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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Passenger space flights will be a reality within the next 5 years. You can already buy a ticket for $100,000 for a sub-orbital flight up to 80 miles altitude. It's on the space tourism website. If you have the $$$$ then by all means you can be an astronaut.

User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

I always thought that nobody bothered to remember those who came second

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13170 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

I agree with Mx and Positive, as for being 2nd, that was to the good, Shepard was pissed that he'd been prevented from launching before Gagarin, but if he had, even allowing for his flight being a 15 min sub-orbital hop, a poor relation to Vostok's orbit, would JFK have been stung into approving the Apollo Programme? I think not.
Then Shepard would have been 1st, but would not have made it to the Moon on Apollo 14.


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