Mercury 3 Freedom 7 Research Paper

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Introduction The Mercury-Redstone 3 Freedom 7 was the very first American flight with a human on board. MR-3 had four main objectives while in space. One was to get humans use to a complete space flight experience including the lift-off, powered flight, weightless flight, re-entry, and landing phases. The second objective was to evaluate man's ability to perform as a functional unit during flight. The third thing that MR-3 wanted to achieve was to study man's physiological reactions during space flight. The fourth and final objective for MR- was to recover the astronaut and spacecraft. The man who made it on the ship was Mister Alan B. Shepard. The MR-3 took off at LC 5, Florida, USA on May 5, 1961 at 14:34:13. The craft landed later that same day only 15 minutes and 22 seconds later. Data During the flight, Mercury Redstone 3 Freedom 7 attained a maximum velocity of 8,200 km/hour and an altitude of 186.4 km. The capsule landed 483 km downrange from Cape Canaveral in the Atlantic Ocean. Shepard experienced a maximum g-force of 6 during the booster acceleration phase of the mission and slightly less than 12 on re-entry. The duration of the flight was 15 minutes and 22 seconds with weightlessness lasting about 5 minutes. The data gathered during this mission helped scientists better understand how…show more content…
I think that this mission impacted the world because it was more of a dry run then anything. It was a practice to see how every played out and the fact that it all worked out in everyone's favor gave society hope that maybe one day we would be able to travel in space. It was the very first manned craft and fortunately not the last. Mercury Redstone 3 Freedom 7 was testing what alterations needed to be made to the boosters. Although there were many major changes the mission was one of NASA's many and first major

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