Last Freedom 7 photo, and one of my favorite space pictures of all time.
Astronauts Deke Slayton and Gus Grissom greet Alan Shepard on Grand Bahama Island after Shepard’s flight on Freedom 7. The looks on their faces say it all.
To quote the excellent LIFE Freedom 7 retrospective, it is “an image that powerfully captures the at-once easy and intense bond among the Mercury Seven.”
Hey space fans: great video about Alan Shepard’s first flight, 50 yrs ago today
Before Alan Shepard is sealed into his spacecraft, fellow astronaut Gus Grissom talks to him one last time.
Posting excerpts from ‘Light This Candle’ this week - 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard becoming America’s first spaceman
…in commemoration of upcoming 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic flight (5/5/61)
Commemorating 50th anniversary of Shepard’s Freedom 7 (5/5/61) with pix, links, and re-blogs of the man. Need more Icy Commander? Check out my book, Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard.