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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: William M. Shepherd (Captain, USN)
NASA Astronaut

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 1978.

Member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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.

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.

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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