Thursday, July 21, 2005

Space week

Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was the first US astronaut in space, and mission commander of the Apollo 14 moon landing team. He even played golf on the moon using a converted soil sampler as his club! Alan Shephard holds a small but significant place in the days of my life ... I drive every morning to work on Admiral Alan B. Shephard highway, and watch the Apollo moon rocket stand majestically across from our company offices, along with the Space Shuttle Pathfinder.

I should call these past 7 days or so as space week - the Space Shuttle return to flight was put off due to technical snags, the world celebrated 26 years of Neil Armstrong's moon landing, I had a visit to NASA's John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and now its the anniversary of Alan Shephard's death. Not to mention, like every day of the week, I had my usual ride along the Alan Shephard highway ....

Strange coincidences all over I suppose .... !
p.s. the Space Shuttle Discovery is finally underway (Jul 26) .... hopefully it will be back safely too!


Anonymous said...

Ah yes, the rockets. Sometimes it is easy to forget about something that is seen everyday. Have you ever seen a shuttle lift-off? One that i went to see was scrubbed.

RamV said...

alan shepard was something like a childhood hero to me. i read abt armstrong, his famous "giant leap" quote. but nothing caught my imagination like playing golf on the moon. not that i liked golf. but to me it stirred the imagination like nothing else :)

a toast to that guy.