Astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter says she’s excited to follow him to space

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The daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard can’t wait to go to space, just like her father, she said.

Laura Shepard Churchley, now 74, is set to fly into space for the first time on Blue Origin’s NS-19 flight this Saturday (Dec. 11). She will launch to the skies and back on a suborbital flight, sitting in the company’s New Shepard spacecraft that’s named after her father.