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William Shepherd

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: July 26, 1949
Age: 71


William McMichael "Bill" Shepherd is an American former Navy SEAL, aerospace, ocean, and mechanical engineer, and NASA astronaut who served as Commander of Expedition 1, the first crew on the International Space Station. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-27

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Dec. 2, 1988, 2:30 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

STS-27 was the twenty-seventh and the third for Atlantis. It carried a classified payload for the Department of Defence. The heat shielding was substantially damaged during lift-off, impacting the right wing. The crew narrowly survived re-entry with a steal bar taking the brunt of the heat before beginning to burn through the aluminum structure.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-41

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Oct. 6, 1990, 11:47 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Heliophysics

STS-41 was the eleventh mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The four-day mission with a primary objective the launch the Ulysses probe as part of the International Solar Polar Mission.

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Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-52

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Oct. 22, 1992, 2:05 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

STS-52 was a Space Transportation System (NASA Space Shuttle) mission using orbiter Columbia, and was launched on 22 October 1992.

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Soyuz-U | Soyuz TM-31

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 31, 2000, 7:52 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz TM-31 began Expedition 1 by carrying 3 cosmonauts and astronauts to the International Space Station. Russian Commander, cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko alongside Flight Engineer, Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer/Spaceflight Participant William Shepherd launched aboard the Soyuz spacecraft on October 31, 2000, 07:52:47 UTC. They docked with the station two days later. During their stay there, crew performed first maintenance and repair works, carried out first experiments and conducted several EVAs. They were also visited by several Progress resupply spacecrafts and STS-97 and STS-98 crews, and welcomed aboart STS-102 with the next expedition crew. Expedition 1 returned with STS-102, landing safely back on Earth on 21 March 2001, 07:33:06 UTC.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-102

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
March 8, 2001, 11:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

STS-102 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Discovery and launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. STS-102 flew in March 2001; its primary objectives were resupplying the ISS and rotating the Expedition 1 and Expedition 2 crews.

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 12 hours ago
Starlink 13
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Soyuz MS-17
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-17 begins expedition 63 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins to the I...


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
NS-13
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reus...


Long March 3
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen 13
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 12
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.