The pressure suit kept Shepard relatively cool at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with 91 degrees in the cabin proper--and the 220 degrees of the capsule's exterior. The maximum gravitational load he experienced during acceleration was 6.3 G, and the ascent speed reached 5,134 miles per hour.
May 5, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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