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50th Anniversary of space flight featured Corvette

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Laura Shepard Churchkey, daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to travel into outer space, leads the parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of Shepard's historic flight Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Alan Shepard brought along his 1957 Corvette when he reported for Space Program training in April 1959. He would own at least 10 Corvettes in his lifetime. His enthusiasm for sports cars was shared by several of the other young men who would train with him to become America’s first astronauts.

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Astronaut Sam Durrance autographed the engine block of '06 Corvette owner Jack Legere, of Titusville, Fla., after the parade commemorating the historic flight of Alan Shepard - the first American to travel into outer space exactly 50 years ago - Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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