Alan Shepard

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Alan Shepard (November 18, 1923July 21, 1998) was the second person and the first American astronaut to go into space.


  • It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realise that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
  • It's been a long way, but we're here.
    • Said when he first stepped onto the lunar surface.
  • Please, dear God, don't let me fuck up.
    • Said shortly before his first spaceflight.

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