Portrait of William Shepherd
William Shepherd is an American astronaut who was born on July 26, 1949,
Before he became an astronaut, Shepherd was a Navy SEAL.
Shepherd became an astronaut in 1985. He has spent over 440 hours in
space on three spaceflights.
In 1988, Shepherd flew aboard STS-27. This was a Department of Defense
mission. Shepherd made his second flight aboard STS-41 in 1990. The
crew deployed the Ulysses spacecraft. Ulysses went on to study the Sun.
Shepherd flew aboard STS-52 in 1992. The crew conducted several
experiments during this mission. Shepherd is currently training in
Russia for the International Space Station.
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