America's first sub-orbital flight. Astronaut Commander Alan B Shepard in Freedom Seven Capsule. NASA special van arrives at pad number 5, Cape Canaveral. Commander Alan B Shepard carries a portable air conditioner and walks to the elevator. Doctor William Douglas, Mercury flight Surgeon follows him. Elevator moves to Mercury capsule. Technicians prepare Redstone booster. Technicians aid astronaut Commander Alan B Shepard into Freedom Seven Capsule. 'Countdown and proceed' written in control room. Alan B Shepard during countdown procedure. Gantry moves away from Redstone-Mercury and the boom arm of cherry picker swinging up to capsule. Umbilical arm drops away and missile lifts off. Commander Alan B Shepard talks. Floating harness strap during weightlessness. Mercury launch team personnel seen in mission control room, including flight surgeon and capsule environment monitors. Aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain. Marine helicopter HUS-1 takes off from carrier ship. Crewmen signal. Commander Alan B Shepard during flight. Aircraft carrier crewmen sit on deck. Capsule with open parachute descends. Commander Alan B Shepard releases harness strap. Capsule near surface of water.
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