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Alan Shepard

Alan ShepardAKA Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.

Born: 18-Nov-1923
Birthplace: East Derry, NH
Died: 21-Jul-1998
Location of death: Monterey, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Leukemia
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian Science
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First American in space

Military service: US Navy (WWII, Pacific theater)

Original Mercury astronaut named in 1959, the first American in space during a suborbital flight reaching 116 miles altitude on 5th May 1961. Meniere's disease (an inner ear condition) grounded him until an operation in 1969 fixed the problem. He commanded Apollo 14, from 31st January to 9th February 1971, the third lunar mission. During that time he became the first and only man to golf on the moon. He died in 1998 two years after diagnosis with leukemia.

Father: Alan Bartlett Shepard Sr. (US Army colonel)
Mother: Renza Emerson Shepard
Wife: Louise Brewer (m. 3-Mar-1945, until his death, d. 25-Aug-1998, two daughters)
Daughter: Laura (b. 1947)
Daughter: Juliana (b. 1951)

    High School: Admiral Farragut Academy
    University: BS, US Naval Academy (1944)
    University: Naval War College, Newport, RI (1957)

    4-H Club
    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Rotary International
    Kiwanis Club
    Congressional Space Medal of Honor
    Walked on the Moon 5-Feb-1971
    Visited Disneyland (May-1977)
    Risk Factors: Ménière's Disease


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