This was the headline on the front page of the Friday, May 5, 1961, Denver Post. A sample of the story:
15-Minute Ride Ends Perfectly
Steel-nerved Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. rode a rocket into space Friday, exclaimed “what a beautiful sight” as he looked down on the earth, and then dropped to a safe landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
To the 37-year-old Navy commander, the adventure obviously was no more frightening than many earlier flights he had made in hot experimental aircraft.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic flight aboard his Gemini capsule, Freedom 7.