Shepard, Alan Jr. 1923-1998
Astronaut, and NASA administrator was born in East Derry NH. After graduating from Annapolis he served aboard a destroyer during WWII, and then went on to be a U.S. Navy Pilot.
Joining the space program in 1959 he was one of the seven original astronauts and became the first American in space aboard Freedom 7 in May of 1961. Later grounded due to an inner ear disorder he remained with NASA as director of training.
After recovering he became the 5th astronaut to land on the Moon as Commander of Apollo 14 in 1971. He retired from NASA and the Navy in 1974 with the rank of Rear Admiral.
More Astronaut Titles:
There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon....
Houston, we have a problem.
Apollo 13 -NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton..
Chris Kraft: "This could be the worst disaster
NASA's ever faced."
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