Tragedy Strikes • Tragedy Strikes

Shepard was scheduled to then man the next two flights into space, with the third and final one being an Apollo mission to physically land on the moon. To say Shepard was excited was an understatement; this was an achievement he’d dreamed about for years. However, a physical issue tragically struck, and Shepard soon found himself off the piloting list. Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images

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