Alan Shepard Facts for Kids
- Name: Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
- Born: November 18th, 1923
- Died: July 21st, 1998
- Education: U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: Mercury-Redstone 3 and Apollo 14
18 Alan Shepard Facts for Kids
- Alan Shepard was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Alan Shepard was selected to join NASA in the 1959 NASA Group 1, also known as the Mercury Seven, Original Seven and Astronaut Group 1.
- Alan Shepard was born on Sunday, November 18th, 1923 in Derry, New Hampshire, USA.
- Alan Shepard was the son of Alan B. Shepard Sr. and Pauline Renza Shepard.
- Alan Shepard died from leukemia complications on Tuesday, July 21st, 1998 in Pebble Beach, California, USA.
- Alan Shepard graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
- Alan Shepard was married to Louise Shepard from 1945 to 1998.
- Alan and Louise Shepard had two children together, both were daughters.
- Alan Shepard is best known for being the second human and first American to travel in outer space in 1961.
- Alan Shepard was also one of the few astronauts to walk on the moon in 1971.
- Alan Shepard was a part of two human spaceflight missions, Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) and Apollo 14.
- The Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) mission was the first human spaceflight mission for the United States of America.
- The Apollo 14 mission was the 3rd mission by the United States to land humans on the moon.
- Alan Shepard spent a total of 9 days and 57 minutes in space.
- Alan Shepard did two EVAs (Extravehicular activity) while in space.
- Alan Shepard spent a total of 9 hours and 23 minutes doing EVAs.
- The highest rank Alan Shepard achieved in the United States Navy was Rear Admiral.
- Alan Shepard received several awards throughout his lifetime, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Alan Shepard Pictures
A picture of a Alan Shepard in a business suit portrait on January 1st, 1971.
A photo of Alan Shepard in his flight suit before the Mercury-Restone 3 mission.
A photo of Alan Shepard walking on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission.
Additional Resources to Research Alan Shepard
- Biography of Alan Shepard – A educational biography of Alan Shepard and his life.
- Who was Alan Shepard? – Discover who Alan Shepard was and what he did in space on the NASA website.
- Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Britannica – Learn more about Alan Shepard and his achievements on the Britannica website.