Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
November 18, 1923
Derry, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Died||July 21, 1998 (aged 74)|
Pebble Beach, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Leukemia|
(m. 1945; died 1998)
|Rank||Rear Admiral, USN|
Time in space
|9 days 57 minutes|
Total EVA time
|9 hours 23 minutes|
|Missions||MR-3, Apollo 14|
|Retirement||August 1, 1974|
Alan Shepard (November 18, 1923 - July 21, 1998) was an American astronaut. He was the first American to travel into space. He was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. He received a Bachelor of Science at Naval Academy in 1944, graduated at Naval Testpilot School in 1951 and he earned a Master of Arts at the Naval War College in 1957.
He made another space flight as spacecraft commander (person in charge) of Apollo 14. This was the third trip to land astronauts on the moon. The trip lasted from January 31 - February 9, 1971. At the age of 47, he was the oldest person to ever walk on the Moon.
Personal life[change | change source]
In April 5, 1945, Shepard married with Louise. They also had three children.
References[change | change source]
- Burgess, Colin (2014). Freedom 7: The Historic Flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr. Springer-Praxis books in space exploration. New York; London: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-01155-4. OCLC 902685533.
- "Astronaut Bio: Alan B.Shepard". Lyndon B.Johnson Space Center, NASA. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- Thompson, Neal (2004). Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman (1st ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-609-61001-5. LCCN 2003015688. OCLC 52631310.