A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Shepard saw action with the surface navy during World War II. He was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959, and in May 1961 he made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named 'Freedom 7'. His craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. Wikipedia*
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Alan Shepard has five videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1986 National Press Club Speech. The year with the most videos was 1998 with two videos. Most appearances with Walter Schirra (2), Jim Lovell (2), Roy Neal (2). Most common tag: Space.