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National Astronaut Day – SPACE Blogs

National Astronaut Day

Sending humans to space and having a successful human space flight had always been great achievements in history and if the feat is achieved by the country for the first time then it becomes a celebration.

As to continue this tradition of celebration National Astronaut Day is the celebration to commemorate the achievement of Alan Shepard for being the first American to reach space on May 5, 1961.

Although Yuri Gagarin was the first person to go in space on April 12, 1961 but he was the Russian astronaut.

National Astronaut Day was celebrated in 2016 for the 1st time and in 2018 we are going to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of it.

This event was registered by the Uniphi Space Agency as the National celebration.

About Alan Shepard

Alan Barlett Shepard Jr. was born on Nov. 18, 1923. He worked on a ship during World War II. After the war, Shepard went back to school. He became a test pilot. Test pilots try out new aircraft. The pilots make sure the airplanes are safe. In April 1959, Shepard became an astronaut.

He holds the record for being the first American to go in space, second human to go in space and the first person to handle the space craft while going to space on its own.

Alan Shepard also landed on the moon in Apollo 14 mission.

About first space flight

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He went on a Mercury spacecraft with capsule Freedom 7. It was launched on a Redstone rocket.

On this flight, Shepard did not orbit Earth. He only flew 116 miles high. Then he came back down. The flight lasted about 15 ½ minutes only but the mission was a success.

Celebrations

This event celebrates Astronauts as true heroes, with a mission to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing “out of this world” Astronaut stories and experiences.


Uniphi Space Agency also organizes certain competitions or announces certain challenges for celebrating this day.


For knowing the competitions being announced for the year 2018 and to get more details about National Astronauts Day, kindly visit the following page

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