Laura Shepard Churchley, the daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, is ready to take the Blue Origin space flight on December 9 alongside five other passengers.
Laura Shepard Churchley is one of the six passengers who are flying out on Blue Origin’s new rocket, New Shepard. The spacecraft is named after Churchley’s father and the first American in space, astronaut Alan B. Shepard.
The other five joining her on this trip are “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan, Voyager Space CEO Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess.
The flight is scheduled to take off on December 9. This is the third New Shepard spacecraft to take humans to space. As per AP News, it is an approximately 10-minute flight, which is five-minute less than her father’s Mercury flight in 1961.
The news has created a lot of excitement among netizens and they are curious to know more about Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura. So, who exactly is she?
Alan Shepard, the first American in #NewShepard’s namesake, helped pave the way to space in 1961. Sixty years later, his daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, will follow in his footsteps and continue inspiring the next generation. #EarthNeedsSpace https://t.co/wQ4zkgc1yn
— Club for the Future (@clubforfuture) November 23, 2021
Blue Origin: Who Is Laura Shepard Churchley? Alan Shepard Daughter
Astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley is the board of trustees chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The foundation collects funds for college students who are pursuing careers in STEM, reported Yahoo! news.
Ms. Churchley is also an honorary consultant of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. She was formerly a board member of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Foundation in Hutchinson, Kansas.
She has also served as the President of the Hiwan Women’s Golf Association. Currently, she is a charter member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a board member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce.
Is Laura Shepard Churchley Married To A Husband?
Yes, Laura Shepard Churchley is a married woman. Her husband’s name is Frederick William Churchley III.
The couple, combined, has six children and eight grandchildren. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she lives in Evergreen. Colorado, with her life partner and family.
However, not many personal details are known about her husband at the moment.
We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Shepard Churchley, @MichaelStrahan, @Dylan, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and Cameron Bess on #NewShepard’s 19th mission to space on December 9. ✨🚀 https://t.co/LyNwd0nYva pic.twitter.com/mjt58oEZBx
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) November 23, 2021
What Is Laura Shepard Churchley Net Worth?
The verified net worth of Laura Shepard Churchley is under review.
She is an active member of the space and astronaut community and has worked to take ahead her father’s legacy. She also owned a retail business in the past.
She is a member of PEO and has served in various roles including President, Treasurer, and Chaplain. Thus, she may have earned a net worth in the range of a few thousand dollars to a few million dollars.