National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: William M. Shepherd (Captain, USN)
- NASA Astronaut
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born July 26, 1949, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, but considers
Babylon, New York his hometown. Married to Beth Stringham of Houston, Texas. He enjoys
sailing, swimming, and working in his garage. His mother, Mrs. Barbara Shepherd, resides
in Bethesda, Maryland. His father, Mr. George R. Shepherd, is deceased.
- Graduated from Arcadia High School, Scottsdale,
Arizona, in 1967; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering
from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971, and the degrees of ocean engineer and master of
science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
- Member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- Recipient of NASA's "Steve Thorne" Aviation Award.
- Shepherd was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1971, and has served with the Navy's Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN, SEAL Teams
ONE and TWO, and Special Boat Unit TWENTY.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Selected by NASA in May 1984. He made three
flights as a mission specialist and logged 440 hours in space. From November 1993
to January 1996, Shepherd served as Deputy Manager, Space Station Program. He is
currently training in Russia and is scheduled to be the first U.S. astronaut to work
aboard the International Space Station.
On his first flight, STS-27 (December 2-6, 1988), Shepherd served on the
crew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The mission lasted 105 hours and carried
Department of Defense payloads.
On STS-41 (October 6-10, 1990), during 66 orbits of the Earth, the crew aboard the
Space Shuttle Discovery successfully deployed the Ulysses spacecraft, starting it
on a four-year journey (via Jupiter) to investigate the polar regions of the Sun.
Shepherd flew a third mission, STS-52 (October 22 - November 1, 1992),
aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. The 10-day mission deployed the Laser
Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS), and conducted U.S. microgravity payload experiments.
- CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
- Shepherd is scheduled to be the first U.S.
astronaut to work aboard the International Space Station, and is currently
training in Russia. A three person crew will be launched to the Space Station
aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan in July 1999.
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