Hey Space Placers!
Perhaps many of you cannot say "50 years ago I was....", but I can and I was up early watching CDR Alan Shepard, USN, become the first American in Space.
He went 116 miles in space and was suborbital in his flight. But it was an American first and answered the Russian flight of Yuri Gagarin to an extent.
Al would go on to command Apollo 14 to Fra Mauro and retire as a Rear Admiral.
Those were heady days indeed and I watched EVERY launch and was totally enthralled by the soon to follow Gemini missions in the mid-60's.
Read More About It: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110505.html
Sky Guy in VA
P.S. We had a GREAT night at GMU Observatory last night. We had a BIG crowd show up and the line to the telescope was long. We had a fantastic flyby of ISS and Saturn was a big crowd pleaser.