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23 July 1998

Mercury and Apollo Astronaut Alan Shepard Dies

Alan Shepard looks into backup Mercury capsule on display at NASA Ames
Visit Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (R. Admiral, USN) (retired NASA astronaut) web page
NASA Ames Home Page, Photo -- Astrid Terlep
Brian Welch
Headquarters, Washington DC
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

RELEASE: 98-128


July 22, 1998

The entire NASA family is deeply saddened by the passing of Alan Shepard. NASA has lost one of its greatest pioneers; America has lost a shining star.

Alan Shepard will be remembered, always, for his accomplishments of the past: being one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, for being the first American to fly in space, and for being one of only 12 Americans ever to step on the Moon. He should also be remembered as someone who, even in his final days, never lost sight of the future.

On behalf of the space program Alan Shepard helped launch, and all those that space program has and will inspire, we send our deepest condolences to his wife Louise, their children, and the rest of the Shepard family.

Alan Shepard lived to explore the heavens. On this his final journey, we wish him Godspeed.

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