Hey Space Placers!
51 years ago, May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard became the 1st American in space. He was launched from then Cape Canaveral in his Mercury capsule atop a Redstone rocket. His flight lasted only 15 minutes and was sub-orbital, but it put America in the manned space race with the Russians who had put Yuri Gagarin space the previous month.
See the launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKf--ZY4qfA&feature=youtu.be and see the view from Mercury 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A-hjgs_3mSc
A new era in American space efforts is now scheduled for May 19th as SpaceX is set to launch the first ever private cargo flight to the International Space Station (ISS). If successful, SpaceX will continue to resupply the ISS and will be that farther along in one day sending crews to the ISS. To follow SpaceX updates check here: http://www.spacex.com/
Oh, SuperMoon Saturday was clouded out but for 1 minute or so for me....the Moon was brighter.
Sky Guy in VA