Sunday, April 22, 2012

Alan Shepard



Today we feature Alan Shepard, the first American in space. He flew in a suborbital flight on May 5, 1961 aboard Mercury 7. While the Soviets had flown a man several months prior into space, Shepard's flight was an important milestone for the American space program. Shepard went on to walk on the moon on the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard died in 1998.

5 comments:

  1. That must have been the most exciting, yet frighting day in his life.

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  2. Shepard was famous (or infamous) for his off the cuff remarks. The one I liked the best was when he was asked what he was thinking about as he sat there on top of the rocket waiting to be launched, and he said something to the effect that "I kept thinking that this thing was built by the low bidder". I would run into that statement many times a few years later while flying around Vietnam. Every aircraft I ever got on had a handmade sign somewhere letting you know that the airplane was built by the low bidder. Always made me feel good, especially when a door or ramp wouldn't close all the way, and we went anyway. Those were the days!

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  3. I remember the entire space race. in 7th grade our teacher stopped the class and turned on the radio so we could all listen to the space lauch of Mercury 7. I never tired of it. To a person of my generation the disasters and triumphs are etched in my memory forever. What an age we have lived in.

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  4. I am saddened by the fact that today, if my understanding is correct, we cannot get a man higher than low earth orbit, and NASA must rely on others to reach the International Space Station.

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