Today is Alan Shepard’s Birthday.

On November 18th, 1923 Alan B Shepard, Jr., USN, astronaut was born. Mr. Shepard was an experienced aviator who chocked up 8000 flight hours testing the F3H Demon, the F8 Crusader, the F4D Skyray and the F11 Tiger.

He was the first American in Space in Freedom 7 on may 5th 1961. He also walked on the Moon in the Apollo 14 mission.



Russian security officers walk along the railroad tracks as the Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch the crew of Expedition 21 and a spaceflight participant on Sept. 30, 2009.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls