Category Search - engineer

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Neil Armstrong
space, educator, aviator, engineer, moon, X-15

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.

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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street for contributions to the television industry, ceremony date: 14 January 1993

Robert L. Behnken
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Louis Behnken
Also Known As:
Bob Behnken
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than K. Megan McArthur by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, PhD in mechanical engineering. Flew on the first US-made craft launched from the US since the last shuttle flight in 2011.

Space Missions:

Crew Dragon Demo-2 (2020) - In space
The first manned space craft made in the US and crewed by Americans since the shuttle program ended in 2011. The first commercial craft, made by SpaceX. Craft named "Endeavour" by the crew
STS-123
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 11, 2008

Duration: 15d 18h 12m 27s.
STS-130
Shuttle Endeavour, launched February 08, 2010

Duration: 13d 18h 8m 3s.

Forrest Bird
aviator, inventor, doctor, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Morton Bird
Also Known As:
Dr. Forrest M. Bird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Biomedical engineer, created mechanical ventilators for help in breathing.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Guion Bluford
space, engineer, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Guion Stewart Bluford Jr.
Nickname(s):
Guy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. The first African-American in space.

Space Missions:

STS-39
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 28, 1991

Duration: 8d 7h.
STS-53
Shuttle Discovery, launched December 02, 1992

Duration: 7d 7h.
STS-61-A
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 30, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.
STS-8
Shuttle Challenger, launched August 30, 1983

Duration: 6d 1h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Gerald Carr
space, aviator, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Paul Carr
Also Known As:
Gerald P. Carr
Nickname(s):
Jerry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 4 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Skylab 4.

Space Missions:

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jimmy Carter
president, military, governor, painter, activist, writer, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
James Earl Carter Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
95, 1 day before his 96th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
older brother of
Older than Billy Carter by 12 years.
father of
husband of
Older than Rosalynn Carter by 2 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Governor of Georgia. Graduate of Naval Academy. Submariner. Nuclear engineer. 39th president of US. Supports Habitat for Humanity and peace causes. Book Our Endangered Values : America's Moral Crisis

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kalpana Chawla
engineer, space, accident, Columbia

Real/Birth Name:
Kalpana C. Chawla
Nickname(s):
KC
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Died in the Columbia shuttle disaster.

Space Missions:

STS-107 - Died on reentry
Shuttle Columbia, launched January 16, 2003

Duration: 15d 22h. Destroyed February 1, 2003 on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts. The cause was a breach on the left wing at take-off.
STS-87
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 19, 1997

Duration: 15d 16h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Leroy Chiao
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Leroy Chiao
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60, 33 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Time in space 229 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes, and 5 seconds.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-5
STS-65
Shuttle Columbia, launched July 08, 1994

Duration: 14d 17h.
STS-72
Shuttle Endeavour, launched January 11, 1996

Duration: 8d 22h.
STS-92
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 11, 2000

Duration: 12d 21h.

Jan Davis
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Nancy Jan Smotherman
Also Known As:
Nancy Jan Davis
N. Jan Davis
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Mark C. Lee by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Doctorate degree in mechanical engineering. Went to space with her husband, Mark C. Lee in 1992. They were the first married couple to go to space together.

Space Missions:

STS-47
Shuttle Endeavour, launched September 12, 1992

Duration: 7d 22h.
STS-60
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1994

Duration: 7d 6h.
STS-85
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 07, 1997

Duration: 11d 20h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ray Dolby
inventor, scientist, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Ray Milton Dolby
Also Known As:
Dr. Dolby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Engineer and physicist. Inventor of sound technology for theaters. Awarded an honorary OBE, Order of Officer of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 22 January 2015

Bonnie Dunbar
engineer, space, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar
Also Known As:
Bonnie J. Dunbar
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASA astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-32
Shuttle Columbia, launched January 09, 1990

Duration: 10d 21h.
STS-50
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 25, 1992

Duration: 13d 19h.
STS-61-A
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 30, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.
STS-71
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 27, 1995

Duration: 9d 19h.
STS-89
Shuttle Endeavour, launched January 22, 1998

Duration: 8d 19h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Pedro Duque
space, engineer, politician

Real/Birth Name:
Pedro Francisco Duque Duque
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, aerospace engineer.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-2 - Return only
Soyuz TMA-3 - Launch only
STS-95
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 29, 1998

Duration: 8d 21h.

Douglas Engelbart
inventor, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Douglas Carl Engelbart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Electrical engineer. Invented the computer mouse, helped in creation of hypertext.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Owen Garriott
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Owen Kay Garriott
Also Known As:
Owen K. Garriott
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Spent 60 days on Skylab 3 in 1973 and 10 days aboard SpaceLab 1 in 1983.

Space Missions:

Skylab 3
SpaceLab 1 (1983)
Shuttle mission STS-9 on Columbia.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Akihiko Hoshide
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Akihiko Hoshide
Nickname(s):
Aki
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Japanese astronaut.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-05M
STS-124
Shuttle Discovery, launched May 31, 2008

Duration: 13d 18h 14m 7s.

Lee Iacocca
business, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Lido Anthony Iacocca
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

President of Chrysler.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Clarence Johnson
engineer, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Leonard Johnson
Also Known As:
Kelly Johnson
Nickname(s):
Kelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aeronautical engineer. Primary designer of the Lockheed U2 and the SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Before that, the P-38 Lightning and F-104 Starfighter.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

James M. Kelly
space, aviator, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
James McNeal Kelly
Nickname(s):
Vegas
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Astronaut. Shuttle pilot.

Space Missions:

STS-102
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 08, 2001

Duration: 12d 19h.
STS-114
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 26, 2005

Duration: 13d 21h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Christina Koch
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Christina Hammock
Also Known As:
Christina Hammock Koch
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

As of December 2019, record for longest time in space for a woman, 328 days. Engineer.

Space Missions:

Kokayi
rapper, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Walker
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Resident of Washington, DC. An electrical engineer. Name is Swahili for "summoning the people." Album Mass Instructions. Song SonSun Dun

Chris Kraft
engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.
Also Known As:
Christopher C. Kraft Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASA engineer and manager. Flight director.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wendy Lawrence
space, military, aviator, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Wendy Barrien Lawrence
Also Known As:
Wendy B. Lawrence
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, retired Navy captain, engineer. Visited the Russian space station Mir.

Space Missions:

Mir
STS-114
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 26, 2005

Duration: 13d 21h.
STS-67
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 02, 1995

Duration: 16d 15h.
STS-86
Shuttle Atlantis, launched September 25, 1997

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-91
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 02, 1998

Duration: 9d 19h.

William B. Lenoir
space, educator, aviator, accident, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
William Benjamin Lenoir
Nickname(s):
Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and engineer. The first operational space shuttle mission. Died from head injuries in a bicycle accident.

Space Missions:

STS-5
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 11, 1982

Duration: 5d 2h.

Ken Mattingly
space, military, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II
Also Known As:
Thomas Mattingly
Nickname(s):
Ken
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 16 - orbited the moon in the Command Service Module. Retired Rear Admiral in the Navy.

Space Missions:

Apollo 16 (1972)
Landed in Plain of Descartes.
STS-4
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 27, 1982

Duration: 7d 1h.
STS-51-C
Shuttle Discovery, launched January 24, 1985

Duration: 3d 1h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John B. McKay
aviator, engineer, X-15

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.

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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Carl Meade
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Joseph Meade
Also Known As:
Carl J. Meade
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Electronics engineer.

Space Missions:

STS-38
Shuttle Atlantis, launched November 15, 1990

Duration: 4d 21h.
STS-50
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 25, 1992

Duration: 13d 19h.
STS-64
Shuttle Discovery, launched September 09, 1994

Duration: 10d 22h.

Andreas Mogensen
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Andreas Enevold Mogensen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

ESA (Danish) astronaut.

Space Missions:

John Joseph Montgomery
inventor, scientist, engineer, educator, air crash, accident, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Montgomery
Also Known As:
John J. Montgomery
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Professor. Early experiments and inventions in fixed-wing glider flying. Tried wing warping and flaps for control. Died when he crashed in a flight from a hot air balloon.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Steven R. Nagel
space, aviator, engineer, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Ray Nagel
Also Known As:
Steven Nagel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Linda Godwin, until he died.
Older than Linda Godwin by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, test pilot, mechanical engineer. 723 hours in space.

Space Missions:

STS-37
Shuttle Atlantis, launched April 05, 1991

Duration: 5d 23h.
STS-51-G
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 17, 1985

Duration: 7d 1h.
STS-55
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 26, 1993

Duration: 9d 23h.
STS-61-A
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 30, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.

Karen Nyberg
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Karen LuJean Nyberg
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Douglas G. Hurley by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. 180 days in space.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-09M
STS-124
Shuttle Discovery, launched May 31, 2008

Duration: 13d 18h 14m 7s.

Fred Offenhauser
auto racing, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Fred H. Offenhauser Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Automotive engineer. Developed an engine for racing, used in many Indianapolis 500 racecars.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Thomas Pesquet
space, engineer, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Gautier Pesquet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aerospace engineer, airlne pilot, and ESA astronaut. Time in space 196 days 17 hours 49 minutes.

Space Missions:

Forrest Petersen
aviator, engineer, X-15

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.

Alan Poindexter
space, aviator, educator, military, accident, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Poindexter
Also Known As:
Alan G. Poindexter
Nickname(s):
Dex
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Naval officer, aerospace engineer, test pilot and astronaut. Died in a personal watercraft accident off Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Space Missions:

STS-122
Shuttle Atlantis, launched February 07, 2008

Duration: 12d 18h 21m 50s.
STS-131
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 05, 2010

Duration: 15d 2h 47m 11s.

Judith Resnik
space, accident, engineer, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Judith Arlene Resnik
Also Known As:
Judith A. Resnik
Nickname(s):
Judy
J.R.
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The second American woman astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded.

Space Missions:

STS-41-D
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 30, 1984

Duration: 6d 0h.
STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hyman Rickover
military, writer, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Hyman George Rickover
Also Known As:
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Hyman G. Rickover
Nickname(s):
Father of the Nuclear Navy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Championed use of nuclear power in submarines.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Robert Rushworth
aviator, military, engineer, X-15

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.

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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Valery Ryumin
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Valery Victorovich Ryumin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Yelena Kondakova by 17 years.

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. Time in space: 371d 17h 24m.

Space Missions:

Soyuz 25
Soyuz 35 - Launch only
Soyuz 37 - Return only
STS-91
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 02, 1998

Duration: 9d 19h.

Vitali Sevastyanov
space, engineer, politician, tv

Real/Birth Name:
Vitali Ivanovich Sevastyanov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut and engineer. Elected to the State Duma in 1994.

Space Missions:

Oleg Skripochka
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Oleg Ivanovich Skripochka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut.

Space Missions:

Steven Swanson
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Roy Swanson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

Expedition 39/40
Soyuz TMA-12M
STS-117
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 08, 2007

Duration: 13d 20h 12m 44s.
STS-119
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 15, 2009

Duration: 12d 19h 31m 1s.

Robert Thirsk
space, doctor, engineer, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Brent Thirsk
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Canadian astronaut, physician. Time in space: 204 days 18 hours 29 minutes. Chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-15
STS-78
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 20, 1996

Duration: 16d 21h.

Milton Thompson
aviator, engineer, writer, X-15

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.

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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ivan Vagner
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Ivan Viktorovitch Vagner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut and engineer.

Space Missions:

Expedition 62/63
Soyuz MS-16 (2020)
Call sign Irkut. A new improved craft

Lodewijk van den Berg
space, scientist, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Lodewijk van den Berg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemical engineer. Became a naturalized US citizen, no longer Dutch.

Space Missions:

STS-51-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.

James van Hoften
space, aviator, military, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
James Dougal Adrianus van Hoften
Nickname(s):
Ox
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and engineer.

Space Missions:

STS-41-C
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 06, 1984

Duration: 6d 23h.
STS-51-I
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 27, 1985

Duration: 7d 2h.

Sergey Volkov
space, military, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Sergey Aleksandrovich Volkov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut, fighter pilot and engineer. Retired as a colonel.

Space Missions:

Wernher von Braun
scientist, military, inventor, musician, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Freiherr title is equivalent to "baron". Inventor of the V2 rocket for Germany in World War II. US citizen in 1955. Worked on ICBMs and the NASA space program.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Janice E. Voss
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Janice Elaine Ford
Also Known As:
Janice E. Voss
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASA shuttle astronaut and engineer and mission specialist. Participated in the first Shuttle rendezvous with the Mir space station. Flew around the station, but did not actually dock.

Space Missions:

Mir
STS-57
Shuttle Endeavour, launched June 21, 1993

Duration: 9d 23h.
STS-63
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1995

Duration: 8d 6h.
STS-83
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 04, 1997

Duration: 3d 23h.
STS-94
Shuttle Columbia, launched July 01, 1997

Duration: 15d 16h.
STS-99
Shuttle Endeavour, launched February 11, 2000

Duration: 11d 5h.

Douglas Wheelock
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Douglas Harry Wheelock
Also Known As:
Douglas H. Wheelock
Nickname(s):
Wheels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and engineer.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-19
STS-120
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 23, 2007

Duration: 15d 2h 23m 55s.

Robert White
aviator, engineer, X-15

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.

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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Donald Williams
space, engineer, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Edward Williams
Also Known As:
Donald E. Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 10 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, mechanical engineer, test pilot. Navy pilot in Vietnam War, 330 combat missions. 287 hours and 35 minutes in space.

Space Missions:

STS-34
Shuttle Atlantis, launched October 18, 1989

Duration: 4d 23h.
STS-51-D
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 12, 1985

Duration: 6d 23h.

Jeff Williams
space, aviator, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Jeffrey Nels Williams
Also Known As:
Jeffrey N. Williams
Jeffrey Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Engineer. Trained as a test pilot then became an astronaut.

Space Missions:

Expedition 13
Expedition 21/22
Expedition 47/48
Soyuz TMA-16
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-8
STS-101
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 19, 2000

Duration: 9d 21h.

Sunita Williams
space, aviator, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Sunita Pandya Krishna
Also Known As:
Sunita Lyn Williams
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
55, 11 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Captain, US Navy. Was the longest spaceflight by a woman, 195 days.

Space Missions:

Expedition 14
Expedition 15
Expedition 32/33
STS-116 - Launch only
Shuttle Discovery, launched December 09, 2006

Duration: 12d 20h 45m 16s.
STS-117
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 08, 2007

Duration: 13d 20h 12m 44s.

Young Guru
rapper, producer, engineer, dj

Real/Birth Name:
Gimel Androus Keaton
Nickname(s):
The Sound of New York
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A&R/engineering specialist.

Fyodor Yurchikhin
space, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut, engineer. Total time in space 672 days.

Space Missions:

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