Alan Shepard

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was an American naval aviator and astronaut who become the second person, and the first American, in space. Ten years later, he command the Apollo 14 mission, and was the fifth human being to walk on the Moon. In 1950, he attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he participated in flight test work which included high-altitude tests to obtain data on light at different altitude and on a assortment of air masses over the American continent; test and development experiment of the Navy's in-flight refuel system; carrier appropriateness trials of the F2H-3 Banshee; and Navy trials of the first angled carrier deck. He was subsequently assign to Fighter Squadron 193 based at Moffett Field, California, a night fighter unit flying Banshee jets. As operations officer of this regiment, he made two tours to the western Pacific on board the carrier USS Oriskany.
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Born
November 18, 1923
Birth Place
Derry, New Hampshire
Other occupation
Test pilot
Rank
Rear Admiral, USN
Time in space
216 hours and 57 min
Selection
1959 NASA Group
Missions
MR-3, Apollo 14
Awards
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Died
July 21, 1998
Death Place
Pebble Beach, California

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