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  • I can hit it farther on the moon. But actually, my swing is better here on Earth.

    "Lunar-Golfer Shepard Takes Swings In Tourney". The Orlando Sentinel, p. A2, August 13, 1992.
  • The excitement really didn't start to build until the trailer - which was carrying me, with a space suit with ventilation and all that sort of stuff - pulled up to the launch pad.

  • The suit was so clumsy, being pressurized, it was impossible to get two hands comfortably on the handle and it's impossible to make any kind of a turn. It was kind of a one-handed chili-dip.

  • You have to be there not for the fame and glory and recognition and being a page in a history book, but you have to be there because you believe your talent and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft.

  • I know you're all saying I can go to the moon but I can't find Pasadena.

    "Astronaut Late to Signing". Sun-Sentinel, p. 2A, June 19, 1995.
  • Unfortunately, the suit is so stiff, I can't do this with two hands, but I'm going to try a little sand-trap shot here.

  • We worked with the engineers in the design and construction and testing phases in those various areas, then we would get back together at the end of the week and brief each other as to what had gone on.

  • Al is on the surface. And it's been a long way, but we're here.

  • We also knew it would be difficult, because of the financial condition of the family, for me to go to college.

  • But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty, to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school, I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.

    School   Firsts   Littles  
  • We had some adverse conditions in the '60s, in the '70s and the '80s. The agency has risen above that in the past and will rise above that again.

    "The Flight of Memory - Mercury Reunion Honors Glenn's Voyage" by Elizabeth Kastor, The Washington Post, p. G1, February 21, 1987.
  • Roger, liftoff, and the clock is started.

    Jay Barbree, Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton (2011). “Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings”, p.130, Open Road Media
  • I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years, but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.

  • The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built. Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground, because it crashed.

  • I guess those of us who have been with NASA kind of understand the tremendous excitement and thrills and celebrations and national pride that went with the Apollo program is just something you're not going to create again, probably until we go to Mars.

    "It's Been 25 Years Since We Took That Giant Leap For Mankind - Moon Odyssey" by James Endrst, The Hartford Courant, p. B1, July 08, 1994.
  • Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again.

  • You may not have any extra talent, but maybe you are just paying more attention to what you are doing.

  • If somebody'd said before the flight, 'Are you going to get carried away looking at the Earth from the Moon?' I would have say, 'No, no way.' But yet when I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.

  • Of course I was delighted the flight was over, but I still had to worry about cleaning up inside the cabin, I had to worry about the hatch, how to get in the sling, and so on.

  • I think first of all you have to be there for the right reason.

  • I didn't mind studying. Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested me more than some of the more artistic subjects, but I think I was a pretty good student.

  • I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds.

  • There's no question that all the generations got excited about the first flights, with Kennedy's inspiration to go to the moon, leaving the planet for the first time, and fortunately coming back.

    "The thrill of space? Let's ask Alan Shepard" by Richard Louv, The San Diego Union-Tribune, p. A-2, August 02, 1995.
  • You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.

  • I think about the personal accomplishment, but there's more of a sense of the grand achievement by all the people who could put this man on the moon.

    "Shepard Still Shoots for Moon". The Denver Post, p. 1D, September 29, 1992+.
  • Why don't you light that candle ?

  • The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed and orientation and so on and responded as he would from the same cues in an airplane, but there was no way it flew the same. The simulators had showed us that.

  • On the periscope . . . . What a beautiful view. Cloud cover over Florida - three to four tenths near the eastern coast. Obscured up to Hatteras . . . I can see [lake] Okeechobee. Identify Andros Island. Identify the reefs.

  • Then I thought, with the same clubhead speed, the ball's going to go at least six times as far. There's absolutely no drag, so if you do happen to spin it, it won't slice or hook 'cause there's no atmosphere to make it turn.

  • I realized up there that our planet is not infinite. It's fragile. That may not be obvious to a lot of folks, and it's tough that people are fighting each other here on Earth instead of trying to get together and live on this planet. We look pretty vulnerable in the darkness of space.

    "What Does Moon Flight Mean Now" by Josh Getlin, The Seattle Times, p. A10, July 19, 1994.
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    Alan Shepard

    • Born: November 18, 1923
    • Died: July 21, 1998
    • Occupation: United States Naval Aviator