By today’s standards it was small stuff: a 15-minute suborbital flight. In those few minutes in 1961, however, Alan Shepard proved he and the nation had the right stuff to venture into the undiscovered void: outer space. A decade later Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 moon mission and became the fifth man to walk on its surface. After retiring from the space program in 1964 Shepard went into business in Houston. He later moved to California.