William Shepherd

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William M. Shepherd
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NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired
Born (1949-07-26) July 26, 1949 (age 65)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
Other names
William McMichael Shepherd
Other occupation
Navy SEAL, engineer
USNA, B.S. 1971
MIT, B.S. 1978, M.S. 1978
Rank Captain, USN
Time in space
159d 07h 49m
Selection 1984 NASA Group 10
Missions STS-27, STS-41, STS-52, Soyuz TM-31, Expedition 1, STS-102
Mission insignia
Sts-27-patch.svgSts-41-patch.pngSts-52-patch.pngSoyuz TM-31 patch.pngExpedition 1 insignia (ISS patch).png Sts-102-patch.png
Retirement August 14, 2002
Awards Congressional Space Medal of Honor

William McMichael "Bill" Shepherd (born July 26, 1949), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a former American Navy SEAL and astronaut, who served as Commander of Expedition 1,[1] the first crew on the International Space Station. Shepherd is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


Shepherd was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on July 26, 1949, but considers Babylon, New York, his hometown. He is married to Beth Stringham of Houston, Texas. His mother, Barbara Shepherd, resides in Bethesda, Maryland. His father, George R. Shepherd, is deceased.

Shepherd graduated from Arcadia High School, in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1967, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. After successful completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), he joined the elite community of Naval Special Warfare and qualified as a Navy SEAL. Then, in 1978, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shepherd at NASA[edit]

William Shepherd on the ISS as commander of Expedition 1

Shepherd was selected for the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1984. In 1986, his Navy SEAL training proved unexpectedly useful to NASA as he participated in salvage operations of the Space Shuttle Challenger after its destruction. Shepherd then served as a mission specialist on three Space Shuttle flights: mission STS-27 in 1988, mission STS-41 in 1990, which deployed the Ulysses probe, and mission STS-52 in 1992.

In 1993, Shepherd was assigned to program management for the International Space Station (ISS). From October 31, 2000 to March 21, 2001, he and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergey Krikalev served as Expedition 1, the first crew stationed at the ISS.

Shepherd has logged over 159 days in space.

Awards received[edit]

  • He is a recipient of NASA's "Steve Thorne" Aviation Award.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "NASA Bio". 
  2. ^ U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at KSC Visitor Complex - Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, retrieved 2009-05-04

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