National Astronaut Day is observed annually on May 5th. This observance celebrates Astronauts as true heroes, with a mission to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing “out of this world” Astronaut stories and experiences.
On May 5th, 1961, Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement. This trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.
By sharing the incredible stories, experiences and perspective of actual Astronauts, the mission of National Astronaut Day is intended to inspire us ALL to follow our dreams, including both future Astronauts and those who seek to keep their feet on the ground!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Share your favorite Astronaut stories. Use #WeBelieveInAstronauts & #NationalAstronautDay to post on social media.