FILE PHOTO OF ALAN SHEPARD IN SPACESUIT.
ALAN SHEPARD: Alan B. Shepard Jr. was one of the nation's original seven Mercury astronauts named in 1959 and the first American to fly in space. Shepard, as commander of the Apollo 14 mission, became the fifth man to walk on the moon, in February 1971. According to NASA, Shepard and Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell had two excursions on the moon that lasted a total of nine hours. During their time on the moon, Captain Shepard, wielding a makeshift 6-iron, hit two golf balls, televised back to Earth, one of which traveled "miles and miles and miles," as he put it, in lunar gravity only one-sixth that of the Earth. Shepard, a Navy vet, died in 1998 at the age of 74 after a long illness.
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