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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