Alan Shepard, astronaut, 1945-1972 (bulk 1961)


; in archival 3-ring binder box.
Chiefly press photographs of Alan B. Shepard during the preparation for his 1961 flight and of his family during this period, plus photographs of the Shepard family meeting President Kennedy and being feted after the flight. Includes a color postcard of Shepard in his Mercury flight suit. Also includes a postcard of the Alan B. Shepard Convention Center in Virginia Beach. The Alan B. Shepard Convention Center, renamed in honor of Shepard in 1963, (also known as the Alan B. Shepard Civic Center and The Dome) was a popular concert and convention venue from 1958 until its demolition in 1994.
Alan B. Shepard was the first American to journey into space and the fifth man to step on the moon. Shepard was one of the Mercury astronauts named by NASA in 1959. On May 5, 1961 he was launched inside the Freedom 7 aircraft, becoming the first American in space. He was commander of Apollo 14 in 1971, man's third lunar landing mission. Rear Admiral Shepard was Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1963-1969 and 1971-1974. He and his family lived in Virginia Beach at the time of the Mercury flight.

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