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‘Lunar Antics’: Alan Shepherd, the first American into space and commander of the Apollo 14 mission, was the only one of the original seven astronauts to make it to the moon. January 31st, 1971 was the date their adventure began, as they launched into space from Cape Kennedy less than a year after the near disaster that was Apollo 13. Their mission was to retrieve the spacecraft left behind during the last mission, and bring it home for testing. But of course, in keeping with most of the other Apollo missions, this one was not to be so straightforward.