Category: alan shepard

Alan Shepard waits to become the first America…

Alan Shepard waits to become the first American in space on a 1963 astronaut trading card from Topps.

December 14, 1970 – Apollo 14 mission commande…

December 14, 1970 – Apollo 14 mission commander Alan Shepard next to a Lunar Landing Training Vehicle prior to a test flight at Ellington Air Force Base, Houston, Texas. (NASA)

“During the actual process of flying spacecraf…

“During the actual process of flying spacecraft, or flying the Spirit of St. Louis, one doesn’t think of one’s self as being a hero or historical figure. One does it because the challenge is there, and one feels reasonably qualified to accomplish it. And it’s later on, I suppose, perhaps at the suggestion of other people, that you say, ‘Well, yes, maybe.’”

—Alan Shepard, first American in space, oldest man to walk on the Moon, born today in 1923

Mercury men Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan …

Mercury men Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard.

Apollo 14 astronauts Ed Mitchell and Alan Shep…

Apollo 14 astronauts Ed Mitchell and Alan Shepard train for the Moon, December 8, 1970.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Apollo 14 astronauts Stu Roo…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Apollo 14 astronauts Stu Roosa, Ed Mitchell, and Alan Shepard, left to right, emerge from the recovery helicopter and wave to the waiting crew of USS New Orleans, 9 February 1971. (NASA)

February 9, 1971 – Apollo 14 astronauts Stu Ro…

February 9, 1971 – Apollo 14 astronauts Stu Roosa, Alan Shepard, and Ed Mitchell splash down into a vast ocean. A U.S. Navy helicopter drops frogmen into the water to assist the spacemen out of the capsule and then up in a hoist to the helicopter, which then flies the tired astronauts to the USS New Orleansrecovery ship. Easy-peasy. Anyone can do it.

(NASA)

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard on the Moon, …

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard on the Moon, February 6, 1971.

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard on the Moon, …

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard on the Moon, February 6, 1971. (NASA)

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard works near th…

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard works near the lunar module on the Moon, February 6, 1971. (NASA)