|A Tribute to Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (1923-1998)
Video: Highlights of
Alan B. Shepard’s Career
(running time: 4:21)
His flight on May 5, 1961, dubbedFreedom 7,may have only lasted 15 minutes, but it turned astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., into a household name and a national hero. In this video, NASA has compiled a touching tribute to this American legend.
See some of the outstanding accomplishments of Alan B. Shepard’s career in NASA’s video tribute.
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