Project Mercury- Into Space

Q1: The first human flight into space was launched by the Soviet Union, but soon after, the U.S. sent Alan Shepherd into space on May 5, 1961. They wanted to see if a human could handle space.

Q2: It is a complete honor to be the first American in space. I have trained very hard more this moment. My heart was racing when I took off. Once I was into space, I saw a beautiful view from Earth. It was an amazing experience.

Q3: The U.S. sent a chimpanzee into space before humans to test reactions.

Q4: Russia sent the first human into space.