Death of Alan B. Shepard

November 18, 1923 - July 21, 1998
Pebble Beach, California | Age 74

First American in space
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Even near the end, the first American to look down on Earth from the heavens was thinking about the country's next few steps into space.

Alan B. Shepard, whose 1961 flight rocketed the United States into the age of manned space exploration, was on the phone just weeks ago, talking with fellow Mercury astronaut John Glenn about Glenn's return to space on a shuttle this fall.

"He wanted to be there (at the launch pad) if he could, didn't know if he could," Glenn said. "He was...

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