May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual observance celebrates generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to American culture.
Visit the government’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month website to:
- Find out how the observance originated in 1977.
- View historic photos from the National Archives.
- Learn about Asian-Pacific American veterans.
- Get lesson plans and other educational resources.
- And more!
Sunday marks the 52nd anniversary of the first American in space. On May 5th, 1961, Alan Shepard Jr. became the first NASA astronaut to be launched into outer space aboard the Freedom 7 spacecraft.
Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Shepard was rocketed to an altitude of 116.5 miles. Shepard tested out altitude controls for five minutes and then parachuted to safety into the Atlantic Ocean. The entire trip lasted 15 minutes and 28 seconds, but gave the space program the confidence that they could continue to advance further missions and orbits.
You can share this special anniversary with your kids by visiting NASA’s Space Place, where they can learn about Alan Shepard, astronauts, outer space and more.
Learn more about Alan Shepard Jr. and the Freedom 7.
Image description: The Capitol and Library of Congress Jefferson Building on April 11, 1895 (above) and April 11, 2013 (below).
Photo by the Architect of the Capitol