Last Updated: 07 Nov, 2023 | Views: 617
Other Profession(s): Business Men, Naval Aviator, Test pilot
Famous For: Famous American Astronaut
Higher Education: BS, MA
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was an American astronaut who was born on November 18, 1923. He is also a naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman. During 1961 and 1971, he became the second and first American to travel into space. His family line descends from Scottish emigrants from Berneray in the Outer Hebrides.
In August 1944: The USS Cogswell, a destroyer, was posted to Shepard after a month of aviation training
Shepard completed basic flight training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas on January 7, 1946, after arriving in November 1945.
In 1950, Shepard attended Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for the United States Naval Test Pilot School.
April 1, 1959: The selection of Shepard to NASA was announced.
January 19, 1961: During Gilruth's announcement of Shepard's selection for the first crewed American space mission, seven astronauts were present.
on May 5, 1961: Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the second American to travel into space after piloting the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission.
Awards & Achievements:
On October 1, 1978: Congressional Space Medal of Honor
In 1981: Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement
Langley Gold Medal
John J. Montgomery Award
Lambert trophy, SETP Iven C. Kincheloe Award, the Cabot Award, and many more
During the 1965 British television series Thunderbirds, Alan Tracy played the lead role.
K-12 educators are recognized with the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award presented by The Space Foundation in partnership with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA.