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Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
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Astronaut
    (November 18, 1923-July 21, 1998)
    First American in Space (April 5, 1961)
    Commanded a flight to the Moon on Apollo 14 (January 31-February 9 1971)
    One of 12 people to walk on the Moon
    Holds the record for shortest successful space flight - 15 minutes (April 5, 1961)
    He liked to party and was usually forgiven for speeding around Cape Caniveral in his Corvette.
    He was strapped in, lying on his back, and after many delays told mission control he had to urinate.
    They told him to do it in his suit, and he did, the urine travelled to his back and he was left wet and very uncomfortable.
    He inadvertently left the gray filter on his window and only got a black and white view of the Earth.
    He is the first American to go into space aboard Freedom 7 (April 15, 1961).
    He snuck a golf club aboard Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the Moon.
    His wife died a month after him (1998).
    He was the fifth person to walk on the Moon and the oldest, 47.
    He help found the 'Mercury Seven Foundation' to raise money for scholarships for science and engineering students (1984).
    He summed up his American heroic status with 'During the actual process of flying spacecraft, or flying the Spirit of St. Louis, one doesn't think of one's self as being a hero or historical figure.
    One does it because the challenge is there, and one feels reasonably qualified to accomplish it.
    And it's later on, I suppose, perhaps at the suggestion of other people, that you say, Well, yes, maybe. I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.'
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 8 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 30 Votes: 90.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 21 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 101 Votes: 64.36% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 138 Votes: 38.41% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 72 Votes: 38.89% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 318 Votes: 44.65% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 228 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 505 Votes: 43.17% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 416 Votes: 42.55% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 942 Votes: 42.25% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2017 Votes: 35.25% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 4428 Votes: 50.93% Annoying
 
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