NASA Freedom Seven mission. Alan B Shepard on deck of aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain.
United States USA Date:1961, May 5 Duration:3 min 2 sec Sound:Yes
NASA Freedom Seven, America's first sub-orbital flight. Commander Alan B Shepard in Freedom Seven Capsule. Aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain underway. Marine helicopter HUS-1 above the capsule as it descends down after the flight. Capsule near surface of water. HUS-1 lifts the capsule. Another HUS-1 in flight. Mercury capsule lowers. Crowd on aircraft carrier. Capsule lowered on special pad on carrier. Landing bag collapsed and tied-down. Landing on aircraft carrier deck. Commander Alan B Shepard assisted by copilot in the helicopter. Commander Alan B Shepard and others on flight deck. Commander Shepard retrieves his helmet from capsule and walks in Admiral's cabin. He gets out of his space suit. Doctor Robert Laning and Jerome Strong beside him. President Kennedy congratulates him on phone. He talks to other officers. He drinks from a glass. He climbs aboard a Grumman S2F/TF aircraft on deck. Personnel on super structure of carrier. The plane takes off.
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