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Michael Adams

Real/Birth Name:
Michael James Adams
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut/test pilot X-15. The first American space mission fatality, according to the United States definition. Reached a peak altitude of 266,000 feet (81 km) then crashed.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Neil Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Neil Alden Armstrong
Also Known As:
Neil A. Armstrong
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Astronaut. Aerospace engineer. Flew the X-15. First person on the Moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1991. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1979. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2010.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 14 January 1993.

Space Missions:

Apollo 11 (1969)
First manned landing, in Sea of Tranquility.
Gemini 8 (1966)
Accomplished first docking with another space vehicle, an unmanned Agena Target Vehicle. While docked, a Gemini spacecraft thruster malfunction caused near-fatal tumbling of the craft, which, after undocking, Armstrong was able to overcome; the crew effected the first emergency landing of a manned U.S. space mission.
X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Scott Crossfield

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Scott Crossfield
Also Known As:
A. Scott Crossfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. First to fly twice the speed of sound. Flew the X-15. Died when the Cessna 210A he was flying encountered a thunderstorm and broke up in air. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965. International Space Hall of Fame 1988. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1983. Virginia Space Hall of Fame 1998. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

William Dana

Real/Birth Name:
William Harvey Dana
Also Known As:
William H. Dana
Bill Dana
Nickname(s):
Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

X-15 test pilot. His peak altitude of 307,000 feet (nearly 59 miles) technically qualified him for the Astronaut Badge, awarded 2005.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Joe Engle

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Henry Engle
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. X-15 flights 138, 143, and 153. ALT (Approach and Landing Tests.) U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2001. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2001. Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame 1992. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2014. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Space Missions:

STS-2
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 12, 1981

Duration: 2d 6h.
STS-51-I
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 27, 1985

Duration: 7d 2h.
X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

William J. Knight

Real/Birth Name:
William John Knight
Also Known As:
Pete Knight
William Knight
Nickname(s):
Pete
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Holds the speed record for a winged powered aircraft, 4,520 miles per hour. Flew the X-15 to a height of 173,000 feet. Combat pilot in Vietnam. Mayor of Palmdale, California. State senator. Author of California Proposition 22. International Space Hall of Fame 1998. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

John B. McKay

Real/Birth Name:
John Barron McKay
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Flew the X-15. Died from diabetes and issues from a hard landing accident with the X-15. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1996.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Forrest Petersen

Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Silas Petersen
Also Known As:
Forrest S. Petersen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Flew the X-15.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Robert Rushworth

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Aitken Rushworth
Also Known As:
Robert A. Rushworth
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fighter pilot, test pilot. Flew the X-15. On June 27, 1963, he flew the X-15 to an altitude above 50 miles, thereby qualifying as an astronaut according to the United States definition, not the international definition. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1994. International Space Hall of Fame 1991. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1990.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Milton Thompson

Real/Birth Name:
Milton Orville Thompson
Nickname(s):
Milt
Ollie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Flew the X-15. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1993.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Joseph A. Walker

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Albert Walker
Also Known As:
Joseph Walker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, test pilot. X-15 flights 77, 90, 91, the only X-15 pilot to fly above 100 km. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1991. International Space Hall of Fame 1995.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Robert White

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Michael White
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

X-15 test pilot. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.
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