Laura Shepard Churchley is now the 372nd American to fly into space. Her dad was the primary.
The rocket, named after Alan Shepard, the United States’ first astronaut to fly into space (and Churchley’s dad), accomplished its nineteenth profitable spaceflight and its first to hold a full crew of six individuals.
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|Mercury-Redstone 3||New Shepard 19|
|Vehicle operator||NASA||Blue Origin|
|Capsule identify||Freedom 7||RSS First Step|
|Launch website||Launch Complex-5 (LC-5) Cape Canaveral, Florida||Blue Origin Launch Site One Van Horn, Texas|
|Shepard on crew||Alan B. Shepard, Jr.||Laura Shepard Churchley|
|No. in space (worldwide)||2||605|
|Crewmates||0||6 (“The Original Six”): Michael Strahan (“Good Morning America” anchor, at 6′,4″ now the tallest person in space); Dylan Taylor; Evan Dick; Lane Bess, Cameron Bess (first parent-child pair to launch into space together)|
|Launch scrubs||2 (weather, 3 days)||1 (weather, 2 days)|
|Launch date||May 5, 1961||Dec. 11, 2021|
|Unplanned holds (on launch day)||2 hours, 14 minutes||16 minutes|
|Launch time||9:34:13 a.m. EST (1434 GMT)||9:00:42 a.m. CST (1500 GMT)|
|Capsule landing||9:49:35 a.m. EST (1449 GMT)||9:10:55 a.m. CST (1510 GMT)|
|No. of parachutes||1 drogue, 1 main||3 drogue, 3 main|
|Type of landing||water (splashdown)||land (touchdown)|
|Capsule flight duration||15 minutes, 28 seconds||10 minutes, 13 seconds|
|Capsule apogee (max altitude)||101.2 nautical miles (116.5 statute miles or 187.5 km)||57.2 nautical miles (66.8 statute miles or 105.9 km)|
|Capsule range||263.1 nautical miles (302.8 statute miles or 487.3 km)||[not immediately reported]|
|Vehicle height (capsule/booster)||83 feet (25 meters)||49 feet (15 meters)|
|Vehicle diameter||5.8 feet (1.8 meters)||12.1 feet (3.7 meters)|
|Capsule volume (habitable)||100 cubic feet (2.8 cubic meters)||530 cubic feet (15 cubic meters)|
|Capsule windows (no. and size)||0 (two 6-inch [15 cm] circular portholes)||6 (each 42.7 inches in height and 28.6 inches across at the bottom [108.5 by 72.6 centimeters])|
|Total flights (capsule/booster)||1 / 1||5 / 5|
The two Shepards’ history-making missions have been comparable in some ways and but, the truth that Churchley was able to repeat her father’s feat with only some days of coaching speaks to how far human spaceflight has come up to now six many years. Churchley flew as a visitor of Blue Origin, which was based by Jeff Bezos, the previous CEO of Amazon.
“This was just wonderful. I was trained too well, I knew exactly what was coming,” Churchley advised Bezos after touchdown and exiting the capsule. “I thought about Daddy on coming down and I thought, ‘Gosh, he didn’t get to enjoy any of what I am getting to enjoy.’ He was working, he had to do it himself. I went on for the ride!”
Here is a have a look at how Shepard’s Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) and Churchley’s New Shepard-19 (NS-19) flights in contrast.
collectSPACE is grateful to RR Auction for sponsoring protection of Blue Origin’s New Shepard-19 (NS-19) mission. The public sale home relies in New Hampshire, Alan Shepard’s dwelling state, and was behind the $28 million sale of the primary seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch automobile.
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