Daily cosmobite: US astronaut anniversary

18_Alan Shepard Jr_NASAUS Astronaut Alan B Shephard, Jr was born on this day in 1923 in East Derry, New Hampshire, United States. After service as a test pilot he was chosen as one of the Mercury astronauts in 1959. Two years later be became the first American into space when a Redstone rocket took his Freedom 7 capsule on a suborbital ride.

Alan B Shephard, Jr. Courtesy NASA

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