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Overview (4)

Born in Derry, New Hampshire, USA
Died in Monterey, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameAlan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alan Shepard was a member of the seven man Mercury astronaut program, and was the first American, and the second man in space. He was also a member of the Apollo program and landed on the moon.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shorlin <sshorlin@astro.uwo.ca>

Spouse (1)

Louise Brewer (3 March 1945 - 22 July 1998) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

Made the historic first U.S. space flight on May 5, 1961. Was the first man to hit a golf ball on the moon.
A shot of him from his astronaut days can be seen in the opening credits sequence of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)
Moonwalker (Apollo 14, 1971).
Is the only member of the original seven Mercury astronauts, the first astronauts to be picked for the U.S. space program, to walk on the moon.
Is credited with coining the usage "A-OK" on his sub-orbital Mercury flight in 1961.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 564-566. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Was a member of NASA's Mercury 7 project, introduced in April 9, 1959, only six months after the agency was established (together with Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper).
Retired from the Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral.
Named his Mercury spacecraft "Freedom 7".
Flew on Mercury-Redstone 3 also known as Freedom 7 which is on display at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis MD. Afterwards he was taken off flight status due to an inner ear problem that disappeared during the Apollo program. He was commander of the Apollo 14 mission and went to the moon with Stuart Roosa and Edward Mitchell. The command module was named Kitty Hawk and the lunar module was named Antares. They completed two EVAs or moonwalks totaling 33 hours on the moon and walked over 500 meters pulling a shopping cart full of tools and lunar samples.
Appears on a nondenominated USA commemorative postage stamp issued 4 May 2011 to honor the Mercury Project of the US space program. Above his likeness are the words "Alan Shepard: First American in Space". Original issue price of the stamp was 44¢.
Was a member of NASA's Mercury 7 project, introduced in April 9, 1959, only six months after the agency was established (together with Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper).

Personal Quotes (4)

[5/5/61, to Houston control at blastoff as the first American in space] A-OK, full go.
[1961, upon returning from his space mission] The only complaint I have was that the flight wasn't long enough.
[First words on the moon during Apollo 14 mission] And it's been a long way, but we're here.
[from a letter to his parents, January 1959, indicating his intention to volunteer for the "Man in Space" program] All volunteers will go through a rigorous elimination process until a handful are selected...I assure you I will analyze the entire picture based upon my past flight experience...There is no reason for expression of fear but merely gratitude to be considered for this very important contribution to science and the country. Will keep you posted.

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