The U.S. wasn't far behind, however. Just over three weeks later, at 9:34 a.m. ET on May 5 of that year, NASA launched the second human and first American into space, a 37-year-old U.S. Navy test pilot named Alan Shepard.
May 5, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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