Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
A one-man spacecraft-booster combination like this one propelled the first two American astronauts (Al Shepard and Gus Grissom) into Space in May and July of 1961. Al Shepard's spacecraft reached an altitude of 101 nautical miles in a ballistic arc above the Earth. The flight lasted about 15-1/2 minutes and Shepard was weightless for over five minutes. The vehicle reached a velocity of over 5,000 miles per hour and landed 236 miles downrange. At liftoff, the vehicle weighed about 66,000 pounds. Propellants included ethyl alcohol, water, and liquid oxygen. A single A-7 engine powered the vehicle into space.
Location. 29° 33.271′ N, 95° 5.623′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on E. NASA Pkwy half a mile north of Point Lookout Drive, on the right when traveling west. Located next to the Saturn Rocket Building in Johnson Space Flight Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston TX 77058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Joe II (a few steps from this marker); Apollo Mission Control Center West Mansion (was approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Seito and Kiyoaki Saibara (approx. 1.7 miles away); Harris County Boys' School Archeological Site (approx. 1.7 miles away); Webster Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fairview Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away); Site of Galveston County Poor Farm (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . NASA Johnson Space Flight Center. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.