Alan Shepard


Shepard, Alan Jr. 1923-1998 

Astronaut, and NASA administrator was born in East Derry NH. After graduating from Annapolis he served aboard a destroyer during WWII, and then went on to be  a U.S. Navy Pilot.

Joining the space program in 1959 he was one of the seven original astronauts and became the first American in space aboard Freedom 7 in May of 1961. Later grounded due to an inner ear disorder he remained with NASA as director of training.

After recovering he became the 5th astronaut to land on the Moon as Commander of Apollo 14 in 1971. He retired from NASA and the Navy in 1974 with the rank of Rear Admiral.




The 15-minute Freedom 7 flight in 1961 made astronaut Alan Shepard America's first man in space and its first hero of the space age. Later he made history by playing golf on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. But journalist Neal Thompson reveals another side of this all-American navy pilot with the right stuff.



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