Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.


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Noun1.Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. - astronaut who made the first United States' suborbital rocket-powered flight in 1961 (1923-1998)
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In keeping with the tradition of other Astronaut and Space related celebrations, May 5th was selected for this significant date in history in 1961 when Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the First American in Space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule.