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The United States launches an aggressive plan to beat the Soviets to the moon.
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In "Can We Do This?" James Webb says that NASA will put the first American in space on May 2, 1961, referring to Alan Shepard's upcoming Freedom 7 flight. When the liftoff of Freedom 7 is shown, the date is listed as May 5, 1961. This may appear to be a mistake, but it is not. Freedom 7 was originally scheduled to launch on May 2, but this was postponed until May 5 because of thunderstorms. See more
During an astronaut briefing, where Deke Slayton announces the men in the room will be making moon landings, the Apollo 1 crew of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are seen and mentioned. In fact this briefing and announcement did not occur until after the Apollo 1 fire, in which all three astronauts were killed. See more
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