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Astronaut CDR Alan B. Shepard

Portrait of Commander Alan B. Shepard
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Everett Raymond Kinstler; 1965; Framed Dimensions 40H X 35W
Accession #: 88-161-ZI
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A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1944, Alan Shepard became a pilot and served as a test pilot at Patuxent Naval Air Station, later becoming an instructor. In 1959, he was one of the first seven astronauts selected for Project Mercury. In May 1961, he became the first American in space - the second human after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin achieved that feat a month earlier. He returned to space in Apollo 14 and in that mission became the fifth person to walk on the moon and first to hit a golf ball on the moon. 

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