The Chevrolet Corvette has been the unofficial car of astronauts since May 5, 1961, when Alan Shepard leaped from his Mercury spacecraft into the two-seater after becoming the first non-Soviet to travel into space.
Shepard's Corvette was originally a one-off, but Chevrolet dealer Jim Rathmann convinced GM to offer a special lease agreement which saw six Mercury astronauts taking up the Corvette offer.
To celebrate the Corvette's 50-year history with astronauts, Chevrolet sent a Corvette from each generation to a parade at Cocoa Beach close to the Mercury launch sites in Florida.
- The Press
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