Fifty three years ago on May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard blasted off in a Freedom 7 capsule atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket to become the first American in space.
Though his sub-orbital flight only lasted 15 minutes, it was a historical moment in the Space Race against the Soviet Union.
However, a little known fact about this flight is what took place before it. Shepard sat in the rocket for five hours because of delays, and the astronaut really had to use the restroom.
“Man, I got to pee,” Shepard said to launch control.