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On May 5, 1961 Alan B. Shepard was launched on a sub-orbital flight that lasted a little over fifteen minutes. He was Americas first man in space.

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The Gemini Program was intended to be an intermediate step between Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried two astronauts and it was the first spacecraft to use a hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity.

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"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth."

President John F. Kennedy
May 25, 1961

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Skylab, America's first space station, was launched on May 14, 1973. Successful in all respects, despite some early mechanical difficulties, the station was occupied by three crews for over 171 days. It was the site of nearly 300 scientific and technical experiments.

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