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Sixty years ago this week, Derry native Alan B. Shepard Jr. lifted off into the history books

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | May 1, 2021
The May 5, 1961 Nashua Telegraph announced Derry astronaut Alan B. Shepard's return to earth after his historic flight.
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Longtime reporter, columnist and photographer, is back doing what he does best ñ chronicling the people and history of Nashua. Reaching 40 years with The Telegraph in September, Deanís insights have a large, appreciative following.
Telegraph file photo Thousands of people from across the region line the streets of downtown Derry in June 1962 for the giant parade in honor of astronaut Alan B. Shepard, who 60 years ago this week became the first American in space. (Telegraph file photo)
Astronaut Alan B. Shepard escorts his wife, Louise, toward a reviewing stand from which he would address the thousands of people who turned out for the June 1962 parade through downtown Derry, his hometown, in celebration of his becoming the first American in space 60 years ago this week. (Telegraph file photo)

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