The First Man in Space
The first man in outer space was Alan Shepard. He was considered the smartest so he was the first to take flight in project Mercury. He was only in outer space for 20 minutes, then came down to and became history. It would have been pretty intense to go to outer space. Think of it this way. You are the first American man to go to space, but think of all the rockets that tried. What to them? They EXPLODED. That could happen if you were the first. Luckily, they did do a test to see the effects of what happens in outer space. The test was to send a monkey to outer space and see the effects. The monkey was fine so it went good. We weren't the first though. The first people to send a man to outer space were the russians.