Astronaut Alan Shepard

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Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.

Birthplace: East Derry, New Hampshire, United States
Death: July 21, 1998 (74)
Pebble Beach, Monterey, California, United States
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Son of Alan Bartlett Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Shepard
Husband of Louise Shepard
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Pauline Emerson Shepard

Occupation: Rear Admiral US Navy, First American in Space, Fifth person to walk on Earth's Moon, Astronaut, Mercury and Apollo Astronaut
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Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998)

Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett "Al" Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in May 1961 made the first manned Mercury flight. Shepard's craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. He became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space, and the first person to manually control the orientation of his spacecraft.


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Shepard was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996, and died from complications of the disease in Pebble Beach, California, on July 21, 1998. He was the second astronaut who had walked on the Moon to die, Jim Irwin being the first in 1991. His widow Louise resolved to cremate his remains and scatter the ashes, but she died from a heart attack five weeks later on August 25, 1998, at 17:00, the time at which Shepard had always called her. They had been married for 53 years. The family decided to cremate them both, and their ashes were scattered together by a Navy helicopter over Stillwater Cove, in front of their Pebble Beach home.

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November 18, 1923
East Derry, New Hampshire, United States
July 21, 1998
Age 74
Pebble Beach, Monterey, California, United States