Alan Shepard Failure

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Before Gagarin and eventually Shepard went into space, the NASA made a program for people, with experience in flying planes and such, to apply to be the first man into space. Now this is before the United States knew they were going to be shown up by the USSR, so they were focused on safety and doing things the right way, on schedule. Their training was rigorous and mandatory. The training and regulated food was so that any of their immune systems could survive the unknown just as good as their skills could save them if autopilot failed. That is why they picked Alan Shepard to be the first American in space. He was just right for the job. His facade didn’t follow him into space, he did what needed to be done and, even though he didn’t orbit…show more content…
When Shepard was sentenced to a desk job because of a ear disease he was never there, maybe a few hours in the morning but then he would just go off and do non-NASA business. Shepard was named the chief of the astronaut office but he mostly was busy doing his many outside business interests. He worked his way into becoming a millionaire, and it seemed to happen on government time, which was against the rules. Though no one ever questioned Shepard because of his place at NASA. He was the first American in space and apparently immune to scolding and…show more content…
NASA bumped him down to the Apollo 14 mission - which was the 5th space capsule to land on the moon with human life forms inside - because they said he needed more time to train. They launched Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa in Apollo 14 on January 31, 1971. They landed safely enough with just a few minor setbacks, something that NASA always seemed to have at one point or another. Shepard and one of his crew members, Ed Mitchell, went on the moonwalk to find more geological samples even though Shepard made it very clear to a number of geologists that rocks weren’t important to him. When Shepard and Mitchell landed on the moon in January, they managed an impressive amount of science work, but they soon grew more confused as to where they were. They were lost during their expedition up the side of a large crater. The men soon grew tired and overheated as they pressed on toward the crater rim. They had two choices: “try and make the rim or carefully and scientifically document the rocks they were climbing past. They did neither.” They did what they could do, they grabbed samples and took some photographs before continuing

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