Alan Shepard Fact Sheet: Who was Alan Shepard? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Alan Shepard.
Alan Shepard Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1923 - 1998 *** Full Name: Alan Bartlett ďAlĒ Shepard, Jr. *** Nickname: Al *** Occupation: American Naval Officer, Aviator, Test Pilot, Flag Officer and NASA Mercury Seven Astronaut *** Date of Birth: Alan Shepard was born on November 18th 1923 *** Place of Birth: Alan Shepard was born in Derry, New Hampshire, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Lieutenant Colonel Alan B. Shepard, Sr and his mother was Renza Emerson. He could also trace his family back to a passenger on the Mayflower *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in Derry and earned the rank of First Class in the Boy Scouts of America *** Education: Alan Shepard attended primary and secondary schools in East Derry, Derry and Pinkerton Academy as well as graduating from Admiral Farragut Academy ***
Alan Shepard Fact 1: Alan Shepard was born on November 18th 1923 and during the 20th century period in history when such things as cultural homogenization through development in transportation and communications technology as well as world population growth are all major issues in this century.
Alan Shepard Fact 2: He earned his first flying lesson after cleaning out a large aircraft carrier as a young boy. The local owner, Arnold Sidney Butler was the operator of the Daniel Webster airport and gave him his first trip in a plane.
Alan Shepard Fact 9: His final months at the Test Pilot School would be spent as an instructor himself before moving on to join NASA.
Alan Shepard Fact 10: During 1959 he would be one of one hundred and ten military test pilots chosen by their commanders as potential candidates for the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís Project Mercury. This was the United Statesí first space flight program and Shepard would be chosen.
Alan Shepard Fact 17: He did serve as capsule communicator during Grissom and Glennís flights and was L. Gordon Cooperís back up pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission.
Alan Shepard Fact 18: After his Mission had been cancelled he was selected to be Command Pilot of Project Gemini, a manned mission. However, he was diagnosed with Meniereís disease which is a condition where fluid pressure builds in the inner ear which causes disorientation, dizziness and nausea as well as extreme sensitivity. He was grounded and would be for most of the 1960ís.
Alan Shepard Fact 21: Having been awarded the rank of Rear Admiral by President Nixon he retired from the NASA and the Navy on August the 1st 1974.
Alan Shepard Fact 22: Having retired from military service he became a business man serving on boards of various corporations as well as writing a book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of Americaís Race to the Moon.
Alan Shepard Fact 23: Alan Bartlett Shepard died of leukemia on July 21st 1998 aged seventy four years at his home in Pebble Beach, California. His body was cremated and his ashes together with those of his wife who also passed five weeks after him were scattered over Stillwater Cove by a Navy helicopter.
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