Apollo 14 Alan B. Shepard Jr. 10 x 8 Colour NASA Lithograph NASA No. MSCL-61 Rear Admiral Shepard was one of the Original 7 Mercury astronauts named by NASA in April 1959. Alan Shepard holds the distinction of being the first American to journey into space. On May 5, 1961, in the Freedom 7 spacecraft, he was launched by a Redstone vehicle on a ballistic trajectory sub orbital flight—a flight which carried him to an altitude of 116 statute miles and to a landing point 302 statute miles down the Atlantic Missile Range. Apollo 14 - Commander Rear Admiral Shepard has logged a total of 216 hours and 57 minutes in space, of which 9 hours and 17 minutes were spent in lunar surface EVA’s.
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