Redstone MRLV | Mercury-Redstone 3

Redstone MRLV | Mercury-Redstone 3

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 5
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA













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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Mercury-Redstone 3

Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, was the first United States human spaceflight, on May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. It was the first manned flight of Project Mercury, the objective of which was to put an astronaut into orbit around the Earth and return him safely. Shepard's mission was a 15-minute suborbital flight with the primary objective of demonstrating his ability to withstand the high g-forces of launch and atmospheric re-entry.

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Mercury No.7

Serial 7

Launch Crew Count 1

Status Single Use

Landing Time 1961-05-05T14:49:35+0000



Alan Shepard


Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1923-11-18

Deceased 1998-07-21

Status Deceased

Type Government

Redstone MRLV

Height 25.41 Meters

Max Stages 1

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 0 kN

Diameter 1.78 Meters

Mass To LEO 0 kg

Liftoff Mass 30 Tonnes

Launch Success 5

Consecutive Success 5

Maiden Flight 1960-11-21

Launch Failures 1




Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963.

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