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Alan B. Shephard, Jr.:

Alan B. Shephard, Jr. - astronaut
  • November 18, 1923
  • East Derry, New Hampshire


  • July 21, 1998
  • Wife:  Louise (died August 25, 1998)
  • Daughter: Julie
  • Daughter: Laura
  • Daughter: Alice

Major Events:

  • 1944 - Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy
  • 1947 - Deployed on destroyer Cogswell in the Pacific
  • 1948 - Entered flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida receiving his wings
  • 1948 - Entered Fighter Squadron 42 at Norfolk, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1950 - Attended United States Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent, Maryland participating in flight test work including high altitude tests
  • 1951 - Graduated Naval Test Pilot School
  • 1951 - Reassigned to Fighter Squadron 193 at Moffett Field, California as a night fighter flying Banshee jets
  • 1957 - Graduated Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1959 - Rear Admiral Shepard was one of the Mercury astronauts picked by NASA
  • 1961 - he was launched by a Redstone vehicle on a bllistic trajectory suborbital flight that carried him to an altitude of 116 statute miles and a landing point 302 miles down the Atlantic Missle Range making him the first American to journey into space
  • 1962 - Honorary Master of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College
  • 1963 - he was designated Chief of the Astronaut Office with responsibility for monitoring the coordination, scheduling, and control of all activities involving NASA astronauts. This included monitoring the development and implementation of effective training programs to assure the flight readiness of available pilot/non-pilot personnel for assignment to crew positions on manned space flights; furnishing pilot evaluations applicable to the design, construction, and operations of spacecraft systems and related equipment; and providing qualitative scientific and engineering observations to facilitate overall mission planning, formulation of feasible operational procedures, and selection and conduct of specific experiments for each flight.
  • 1964 - Received the Congressional Medal of Honor (Space)
  • 1964 - Awarded two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Navy Astronaut Wings, Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Navy Distinguished Flying Cross
  • 1964 - Awarded Langley Medal from the Smithsonian Institute
  • January 31-February 9, 1971 - he made his second space as spacecraft commander of Apollo 14 accompanied by Stuart A. Roosa and Edgar D. Mitchell. Maneuvering their lunar module, "Antares," to a landing in the hilly upland Fra Mauro region of the moon, Shepard and Mitchell subsequently deployed and activated various scientific equipment and experiments and collected almost 100 pounds of lunar samples for return to earth.
  • 1971 - Honorary Doctorate of Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1971 - Awarded the Lambert Trophy, the Kinchloe Trophy, the Cabot Award, and the Collier Trophy
  • 1971 - Awarded the City of New York Gold Medal Achievement Award
  • 1971 - Appointed by the President as a delegate to the 26th United Nations General Assembly
  • 1971 - resumed his duties as Chief of the Astronaut Office
  • 1972 - Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Franklin Pierce College
  • 1974 - retired from NASA and the Navy


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