Thursday, April 30, 2009

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (November 18, 1923 in East Derry, New Hampshire – July 21, 1998 in Pebble Beach, California) (Rear Admiral, USN, Ret.) was the second person and the first American in space. He later commanded the Apollo 14 mission, and was the fifth person to walk on the moon.

Allan Shepard is my 15th cousin - Our shared grandfather is Sir Philip Courtenay (1404), of Powderham and Molland

1 comment:

Anne Marie said...

I am a professional tour guide in the DC area. I took my group of 8th grade students from California to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex before their flight home.
Before they entered, I told them where I was 50 years ago to the day: My mother kept me home from school to see the first American launched into space. She thought I would remember more if I stayed home rather than spent my time in the classroom. It seemed like an all day affair, but she and I cuddled in her bedroom glued to the television set. She was right; I remember it vividly!
Thank you for this sketch.