Category Search - scientist

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Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov
space, aviator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 2 days before his 69th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut.

Space Missions:

Fran Allen
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Elizabeth Allen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. The first female IBM Fellow and first female winner of: the Turing Award.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Richard R. Arnold
space, educator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Robert Arnold II
Also Known As:
Richard R. Arnold II
Richard Arnold
Ricky Arnold
Nickname(s):
Ricky
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57, 3 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Over 18 hours on spacewalks. Also an aquanaut.

Space Missions:

Expedition 55/56
Soyuz MS-08 (2018)
STS-119
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 15, 2009

Duration: 12d 19h 31m 1s.

Hans Bethe
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Hans Albrecht Bethe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
98
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22

Brief Facts:

Pronounced Bay-ta. Winner of the Nobel Prize in physics. Member of the Manhattan Project. Explained how the sun and stars get their energy.

Mayim Bialik
actor, scientist, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Mayim Hoya Bialik
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
44, 13 days before her 45th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in neuroscience. TV series The Big Bang Theory, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Blossom. Movies The Chicago 8, Blossom.

Roberta Bondar
space, educator, scientist, doctor, photographer

Real/Birth Name:
Roberta Lynn Bondar
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
74, 5 days before her 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First Canadian Woman into space - Shuttle mission in the SpaceLab module IML-1. Neurobiologist.

Space Missions:

SpaceLab (1992)
January 22. The IML-1 module, aboard Discovery on mission STS-42.
STS-42
Shuttle Discovery, launched January 22, 1992

Duration: 8d 1h.

Tracy Caldwell Dyson
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Tracy Ellen Caldwell
Also Known As:
Tracy Caldwell-Dyson
Tracy Dyson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist. Channel NASA TV.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-18
STS-118
Shuttle Endeavour, launched August 08, 2007

Duration: 12d 17h 55m 34s.

Wallace Carothers
educator, scientist, inventor, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Wallace Hume Carothers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Inventor of Nylon and neoprene at Dupont. Suicide by cyanide poisoning due to depression.

Rachel Carson
scientist, activist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Rachel Louise Carson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Marine biologist, conservationist. Book Silent Spring. Credited with initiating much of the popular ecology movement. Her book led to the banning of DDT.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

George Washington Carver
educator, scientist, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
George Washington Carver
Gender:
Male
Death Date:
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in the 1860s, in slavery. Botanist. Developed alternative crops to cotton. Professor at Tuskegee Insitutute.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Vint Cerf
scientist, inventor, educator, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Vinton Gray Cerf
Also Known As:
Vinton Cerf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced SURF. Co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the basis of the Internet.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Franklin Chang Díaz
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz
Also Known As:
Franklin Chang-Diaz
Franklin Chang Diaz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Became citizen of the US in 1977. Seven Space Shuttle missions.

Space Missions:

STS-111
Shuttle Endeavour, launched June 05, 2002

Duration: 13d 20h.
STS-34
Shuttle Atlantis, launched October 18, 1989

Duration: 4d 23h.
STS-46
Shuttle Atlantis, launched July 31, 1992

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-60
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1994

Duration: 7d 6h.
STS-61-C
Shuttle Columbia, launched January 12, 1986

Duration: 6d 2h.
STS-75
Shuttle Columbia, launched February 22, 1996

Duration: 15d 17h.
STS-91
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 02, 1998

Duration: 9d 19h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Catherine Coleman
space, scientist, military, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Catherine Grace Coleman
Nickname(s):
Cady
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
59, 15 days before her 60th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist, a former Colonel, USAF.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-20
STS-73
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 20, 1995

Duration: 15d 21h.
STS-93
Shuttle Columbia, launched July 23, 1999

Duration: 4d 22h.

Jacques Cousteau
explorer, inventor, scientist, photographer, naturalist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Jacques-Ives Cousteau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-developer of the aqua-lung. Known for films, books, and television under-sea photography and exploration.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Timothy Creamer
space, aviator, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Timothy John Creamer
Also Known As:
Timothy J. Creamer
Nickname(s):
TJ
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Aquanaut.

Space Missions:

Francis Crick
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Harry Compton Crick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work showing the double helix shape of DNA.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Marie Curie
scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Maria Salomea Skłodowska
Also Known As:
Maria Skłodowska-Curie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Discoverer of radium radiation. Discovered the element polonium. The first person honored with two Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Albert Medal 1910.

Descartes
mathematician, scientist, religion

Real/Birth Name:
René Descartes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for studies in mathhematics, geometry, optics, and philosophy. Stated "a vacuum cannot exist".

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 industry22 January 2015

Dylan Dreyer
news, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Dylan Marie Dreyer
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Meteorologist and weather reeporter for channel NBC News and on TV show Today. Also one of the hosts on the third hour of Today.

Hugh Dryden
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Hugh Latimer Dryden
Also Known As:
Hugh L. Dryden
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aeronautical scientist, Deputy Director of NASA.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ann Dunham
writer, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Ann Dunham
Also Known As:
S. Ann Dunham
Ann Dunham Sutoro
Ann Dunham Soetoro
Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro
Ann Obama
Nickname(s):
Anna
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 22 days before her 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in cultural anthropology and did research on village industries in Indonesia. Married twice, first to Kenyan Barack Obama Sr. then to Lolo Soetoro.

Samuel T. Durrance
space, educator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Thornton Durrance
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-35
Shuttle Columbia, launched December 02, 1990

Duration: 8d 23h.
STS-67
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 02, 1995

Duration: 16d 15h.

Albert Einstein
educator, writer, scientist, mathematician

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Einstein
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76, 35 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Developer of physics principles general relativity, special relativity, theory of Brownian motion, Bose-Einstein principles, photo-electric effect. Became a Swiss citizen 1896, US citizen in 1940. Nobel Prize in physics.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Anthony W. England
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Wayne England
Also Known As:
Tony England
Nickname(s):
Tony
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Participated in and led field parties during two seasons in Antarctica.

Space Missions:

STS-51-F
Shuttle Challenger, launched July 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 22h.

Konstantin Feoktistov
space, scientist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov
Also Known As:
Константин Петрович Феоктистов
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Doctorate in physics. One of designers of Sputnik. First civilian in space. Only non-Communist in the Soviet cosmonaut corps.

Space Missions:

Voskhod 1 (1964)
October 12-13. First multi-person spacecraft.

Andrew J. Feustel
space, musician, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Andrew Jay Feustel
Nickname(s):
Drew
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Geophysicist. Astronaut.

Space Missions:

Expedition 55/56
Soyuz MS-08 (2018)
STS-125
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 11, 2009

Duration: 12d 21h 38m 19s.
STS-134
Shuttle Endeavour, launched May 16, 2011

Duration: 15d 17h 38m 51s.

Anna Lee Fischer
space, doctor, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Anna Lee Sims
Also Known As:
Anna Lee Tingle Fischer
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mission specialist, medical doctor and chemist. First mother in space. Management at NASA after several years leave of absence.

Space Missions:

STS-51-A
Shuttle Discovery, launched November 08, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.

Robert FitzRoy
military, scientist, inventor, writer, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Robert FitzRoy
Nickname(s):
Hot Coffee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A fourth great-grandson of Charles II of England. Entered the Royal Navy at age 14. Became commander of the HMS Beagle, travelling with Charles Darwin. Later named governor of New Zealand. Began studies of meteorology, inventing several types of barometers. Became Vice-Admiral. Suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, due to depression.

Michael Foale
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Colin Michael Foale
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and astrophysicist. Named a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in .the New Year Honours, December 2004.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-3
STS-103
Shuttle Discovery, launched December 19, 1999

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-45
Shuttle Atlantis, launched March 24, 1992

Duration: 8d 22h.
STS-56
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 08, 1993

Duration: 9d 6h.
STS-63
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1995

Duration: 8d 6h.
STS-84 - Launch only
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 15, 1997

Duration: 9d 5h.
STS-86 - Return only
Shuttle Atlantis, launched September 25, 1997

Duration: 10d 19h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Reinhard Furrer
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Reinhard Alfred Furrer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Physicist.

Space Missions:

STS-61-A
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 30, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.

Galileo
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Galileo Galilei
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Discovered 4 moons of Jupiter. Did gravity tests from the Tower of Pisa. Branded a heretic by the Catholic Church.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Martin Gardner
writer, mathematician, scientist, columnist

Real/Birth Name:
Martin Gardner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for popularizing recreational mathematics and debunking paranormal claims. Column Mathematical Games in magazine Scientific American. Wrote more than 50 books, including The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Wizard of Oz.

Alexander Gerst
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Alexander Gerst
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Geophysicist.

Space Missions:

Robert Goddard
educator, scientist, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Hutchings Goddard
Also Known As:
Robert H. Goddard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented the liquid-fueled rocket.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Linda Godwin
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Linda Maxine Godwin
Also Known As:
Linda M. Godwin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Steven R. Nagel, until his death.
Younger than Steven R. Nagel by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

PhD in physics. NASA astronaut. Over 38 days in space. Two spacewalks. One docking mission with the Mir space station.

Space Missions:

Mir
STS-108
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 05, 2001

Duration: 11d 19h.
STS-37
Shuttle Atlantis, launched April 05, 1991

Duration: 5d 23h.
STS-59
Shuttle Endeavour, launched April 09, 1994

Duration: 11d 5h.
STS-76
Shuttle Atlantis, launched March 22, 1996

Duration: 9d 5h.

Jane Goodall
scientist, activist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall
Also Known As:
Dame Jane Morris Goodall
Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Commander of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1995. Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) 2003.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Temple Grandin
scientist, writer, educator, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Temple Grandin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professor of animal science. Known for her autism and her lectures and writings. Subject of television film Temple Grandin.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John Grunsfeld
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
John Mace Grunsfeld
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Astronaut. He logged over 58 days in space, including 8 space walks totaling 58 hours 30 minutes.

Space Missions:

STS-103
Shuttle Discovery, launched December 19, 1999

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-109
Shuttle Columbia, launched March 01, 2002

Duration: 10d 22h.
STS-125
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 11, 2009

Duration: 12d 21h 38m 19s.
STS-67
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 02, 1995

Duration: 16d 15h.
STS-81
Shuttle Atlantis, launched January 12, 1997

Duration: 10d 4h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Stephen Hawking
scientist, educator, writer, mathematician

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen William Hawking
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed theoretical physicist who is paralyzed (related to ALS) and cannot speak. Known for humor and theories of time and space. Book A Brief History of Time. Subject of the movie The Theory of Everything. Appointed Order of the British Empire (Commander) 1983, 1989 Companion of Honour, many prizes and awards.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Stephen Hillenburg
cartoonist, producer, scientist, educator, director, writer, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Creator of cartoon TV series SpongeBob SquarePants. Died of ALS.

Grace Hopper
scientist, military

Real/Birth Name:
Grace Brewster Murray
Also Known As:
Grace Murray Hopper
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 23 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in computer programming languages.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Edwin Hubble
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Powell Hubble
Also Known As:
Edwin P. Hubble
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer and cosmologist. Provided the first evidence of the expansion of the universe. Showed the existence of galaxies beyond our own, then classified as nebulae. The orbital Hubble Telescope is named for him.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Nicholas Hughes
scientist, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Nicholas Farrar Hughes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Fisheries biologist. Held dual British/American citizenship. Suicide by hanging in his home.

Millie Hughes-Fulford
space, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
74, 22 days before her 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist. SLS-1 (Spacelab Life Sciences).

Space Missions:

SLS-1 (1995)
Spacelab Life Science-1 (SLS-1) was launched aboard Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia (STS-40) on June 5, 1995.
STS-40
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 05, 1991

Duration: 9d 2h.

Tamara E. Jernigan
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Tamara Elizabeth Jernigan
Nickname(s):
Tammy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Peter Wisoff by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-40
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 05, 1991

Duration: 9d 2h.
STS-52
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 22, 1992

Duration: 9d 20h.
STS-67
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 02, 1995

Duration: 16d 15h.
STS-80
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 19, 1996

Duration: 17d 15h.
STS-96 (1999)
Shuttle Discovery, launched May 27, 1999

Duration: 9d 19h. The first shuttle flight to dock with the ISS. Discovery shuttle

Katherine Johnson
scientist, mathematician

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Coleman
Also Known As:
Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson
Katherine C. Johnson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
101
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Calculated orbits for NASA. Subject of movie Hidden Figures.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Janet L. Kavandi
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Janet Lynn Kavandi
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 and chemist.

Space Missions:

STS-104
Shuttle Atlantis, launched July 12, 2001

Duration: 12d 18h.
STS-91
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 02, 1998

Duration: 9d 19h.
STS-99
Shuttle Endeavour, launched February 11, 2000

Duration: 11d 5h.

Robert H. Lawrence
military, aviator, scientist, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

US Air Force Major, test pilot, the first African-American astronaut. PhD in chemistry. Selected by the USAF as an astronaut in the Air Force's secreet Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) program, the first black astronaut. Died in a crash of the jet he was in, training a pilot. MOL was later cancelled, never deployed.

Frederick W. Leslie
space, aviator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Weldon Leslie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 20 days before his 69th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-73
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 20, 1995

Duration: 15d 21h.

Don Lind
space, scientist, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Don Leslie Lind
Also Known As:
Don L. Lind
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, physicist. CAPCOM for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions.

Space Missions:

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

Duration: 7d 0h.

Stanley G. Love
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Glen Love
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-122
Shuttle Atlantis, launched February 07, 2008

Duration: 12d 18h 21m 50s.

Ed Lu
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Tsang Lu
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist.

Space Missions:

Expedition 7
Soyuz TMA-2
STS-106
Shuttle Atlantis, launched September 08, 2000

Duration: 11d 19h.
STS-84
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 15, 1997

Duration: 9d 5h.

Shannon Lucid
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Shannon Matilda Wells
Also Known As:
Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in China, in Shanghai, then under Japanese rule, to missionaries. Biochemist and astronaut. Soviet Mir station 188 days in 1986.

Space Missions:

Mir
STS-34
Shuttle Atlantis, launched October 18, 1989

Duration: 4d 23h.
STS-43
Shuttle Atlantis, launched August 02, 1991

Duration: 8d 21h.
STS-51-G
Shuttle Discovery, launched June 17, 1985

Duration: 7d 1h.
STS-58
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 18, 1993

Duration: 14d 0h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Steven MacLean
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Glenwood MacLean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65, 15 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Physicist.

Space Missions:

STS-115
Shuttle Atlantis, launched September 09, 2006

Duration: 11d 19h 6m 35s.
STS-52
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 22, 1992

Duration: 9d 20h.

Sandra Magnus
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Sandra Hall Magnus
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
55, 1 day before her 56th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-112
Shuttle Atlantis, launched October 07, 2002

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-119 - Return only
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 15, 2009

Duration: 12d 19h 31m 1s.
STS-126 - Launch only
Shuttle Endeavour, launched November 14, 2008

Duration: 15d 20h 30m 34s.
STS-135
Shuttle Atlantis, launched July 08, 2011

Duration: 12d 18h 28m 50s.

Brian May
musician, composer, scientist, writer, producer, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Brian Harold May
Nickname(s):
Bri
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist for group Queen, uses a sixpence coin as a pick. Co-composer of song We Will Rock You. An astrophysicist, postponed graduate work while being a rock star, then completed his PhD. Book Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. Named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University. CBE awarded 2005.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

London Avenue of Stars 2004 as a member of group Queen.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group Queen.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of group Queen.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group Queen.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2004 as a member of group Queen.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry as a member of group Queen.

K. Megan McArthur
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Megan McArthur
Also Known As:
Megan McArthur
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Robert L. Behnken by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and oceanographer. Mission to maintain the Hubble telescope.

Space Missions:

STS-125
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 11, 2009

Duration: 12d 21h 38m 19s.

Ronald E. McNair
space, accident, scientist, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Ervin McNair
Nickname(s):
Ron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A physicist and NASA astronaut, he flew aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist. He was on his second flight on the Challenger, when it exploded.

Space Missions:

STS-41-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched February 03, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.
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.

Jessica Meir
space, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Jessica Ulrika Meir
Also Known As:
Jessica U. Meir
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, marine biologist, and physiologist. Participated in the first all-female spacewalk from the ISS.

Space Missions:

Mersenne
mathematician, religion, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Marin Mersenne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 7 days before his 60th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for a conjecture about a series of prime numbers named for him. Also known for work on musical harmonics.

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.

Patrick Moore
scientist, educator, knighted, writer, tv, activist, actor, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore
Also Known As:
Sir Patrick Moore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer. TV series The Sky at Night. Played the xylophone. Author of many books. Appointed OBE 1968 and promoted to CBE in 1988. Knighted in 2001.

James H. Newman
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
James Hansen Newman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist.

Space Missions:

STS-109
Shuttle Columbia, launched March 01, 2002

Duration: 10d 22h.
STS-51
Shuttle Discovery, launched September 12, 1993

Duration: 9d 20h.
STS-69
Shuttle Endeavour, launched September 07, 1995

Duration: 10d 20h.
STS-88
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 04, 1998

Duration: 11d 19h.

Bill Nye
tv, kids, scientist, writer, producer, dancer

Real/Birth Name:
William Sanford Nye
Nickname(s):
Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Dancing with the Stars.

Wubbo Ockels
space, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Wubbo Johannes Ockels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. The first Dutch person in space, the SpaceLab D1 mission. Died of cancer.

Space Missions:

SpaceLab D1 (1985)
October 30 - November 6. Shuttle mission STS-61-A, funded and directed by West Germany. 3 payload specialists, 2 Germans, one Dutch.
STS-61-A
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 30, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.

Kathleen Ollerenshaw
mathematician, scientist, educator, mayor, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Kathleen Mary Timpson
Also Known As:
Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
101
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Deaf (mostly) from childhood. Became a mathematician and astronomer and educator. Published a solution for Rubik's Cube in 1980. Given the Dame title when she was appointed DBE in 1971. Children's books The Lord Mayor's Party, First Citizen. Lord Mayor of Manchester in 1975-76. Involved in education policy.

Gregory Olsen
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Gregory Hammond Olsen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Third private citizen in space paid by himself. Two trips. Did experiments on the ISS.

Space Missions:

Ron Parise
scientist, space

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Anthony Parise
Also Known As:
Ronald A. Parise
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56, 15 days before his 57th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer and astronaut, employed by Computer Sciences Corporation. PhD from the University of Florida, in astronomy. Flew on two shuttle missions, aboard Columbia in December 1990, and in March 1995 on the shuttle Endeavour. Both missions involved operation of utraviolet telescopes. Died of a brain tumor.

Space Missions:

STS-35
Shuttle Columbia, launched December 02, 1990

Duration: 8d 23h.
STS-67
Shuttle Endeavour, launched March 02, 1995

Duration: 16d 15h.

Robert A. Parker
space, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Allan Ridley Parker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83, 15 days before his 84th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer, physicist. Astronaut.

Space Missions:

Spacelab-1
STS-35
Shuttle Columbia, launched December 02, 1990

Duration: 8d 23h.
STS-9
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 28, 1983

Duration: 10d 7h.

John L. Phillips
space, aviator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
John Lynch Phillips
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

Expedition 11
Soyuz TMA-6
STS-100
Shuttle Endeavour, launched April 19, 2001

Duration: 11d 21h.
STS-109
Shuttle Columbia, launched March 01, 2002

Duration: 10d 22h.

Auguste Piccard
aviator, scientist, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Auguste Antoine Piccard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
The same age as Jean Piccard.

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Invented the bathyscaphe. Known for helium-filled balloon flights.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John Pople
mathematician, scientist, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
John Anthony Pople
Also Known As:
Sir John Pople
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Knighted 2003. Nobel Prize 1998 honoring computer program model of chemical processes.

James F. Reilly
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Reilly II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and geologist. Director of the United States Geological Survey.

Space Missions:

STS-104
Shuttle Atlantis, launched July 12, 2001

Duration: 12d 18h.
STS-117
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 08, 2007

Duration: 13d 20h 12m 44s.
STS-89
Shuttle Endeavour, launched January 22, 1998

Duration: 8d 19h.

Sally Ride
space, scientist, educator, writer, kids, tennis

Real/Birth Name:
Sally Kristen Ride
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Steven Hawley by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

The first American female astronaut in space. Professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. Children's books on space.

Space Missions:

STS-41-G
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 05, 1984

Duration: 8d 5h.
STS-7
Shuttle Challenger, launched June 18, 1983

Duration: 6d 2h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Joe Romig
football, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Romig
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard, team University of Colorado. Rhodes scholar, became an astrophysicist.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kate Rubins
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Kathleen Hallisey Rubins
Also Known As:
Kathleen Rubins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cancer biologist and specialist in HIV and serious African diseases. Spacewalk to install new docking adapter.

Space Missions:

Expedition 48 (2016)
Install the new International Docking Adapter
Soyuz MS-01 (2016)
Soyuz MS-17 (2020) - Launch
One American, two Russians, to the ISS for Expedition 63/64

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Carl Sagan
scientist, writer, tv

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Edward Sagan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer who popularized astronomy. Co-founder of the International Planetary Society.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

David Saint-Jacques
space, doctor, scientist, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
David Saint-Jacques
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:

Canadian astronaut, astrophysicist, physician.

Space Missions:

Harrison Schmitt
space, moon, Senator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Harrison Hagan Schmitt
Also Known As:
Harrison H. Schmitt
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last man to step onto the moon. Only geologist to walk on the moon. Apollo 18 mission, cancelled. Senator from New Mexico 1977-1983.

Space Missions:

Apollo 17 (1972)
Only Saturn V night launch. Landed in Taurus-Littrow. First geologist on the Moon. Final manned Moon landing.
Apollo 18
(abandoned) Originally planned to land in Schroter's Valley, a river-like channel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Piers Sellers
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Piers John Sellers
Also Known As:
Piers J. Sellers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and climate scientist. Appointed OBE 2011 New Year Honours.

Space Missions:

STS-112
Shuttle Atlantis, launched October 07, 2002

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-121
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 04, 2006

Duration: 12d 18h 36m 48s.
STS-132
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 14, 2010

Duration: 11d 18h 29m.

Helen Sharman
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Helen Patricia Sharman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Chemist. Appointed an OBE in 1993. Joined the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to science and technology educational outreach in the 2018 New Year Honours. First woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991.

Space Missions:

Charles Simonyi
scientist, business, space

Real/Birth Name:
Károly Simonyi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Computer scientist at Microsoft, then his own company Intentional Software. Fifth space tourist to the International Space Station. Travelled again to the station in March 2009.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-10 - Launch only
Soyuz TMA-14
Soyuz TMA-9 - Return only

Kathryn Sullivan
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan
Also Known As:
Kathryn D. Sullivan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and geologist. Payload commander. The first American woman to walk in space.

Space Missions:

STS-31
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 24, 1990

Duration: 5d 1h.
STS-41-G
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 05, 1984

Duration: 8d 5h.
STS-45
Shuttle Atlantis, launched March 24, 1992

Duration: 8d 22h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Edward Teller
scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Teller Ede
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The Manhattan Project. Developer of the hydrogen bomb.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kathryn Thornton
space, educator, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Ryan Cordell
Also Known As:
Kathryn C. Thornton
Dr. Thornton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Multiple spacewalks.

Space Missions:

STS-33
Shuttle Discovery, launched November 22, 1989

Duration: 5d 0h.
STS-49
Shuttle Endeavour, launched May 07, 1992

Duration: 8d 21h.
STS-61
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 02, 1993

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-73
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 20, 1995

Duration: 15d 21h.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Eugene Trinh
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Huu Chau Trinh
Trịnh Hữu Châu
Also Known As:
Eugene H. Trinh
Eugene Huu-Chau Trinh
Nickname(s):
Gene
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Became an American citizen after age 18.

Space Missions:

STS-50
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 25, 1992

Duration: 13d 19h.

James Van Allen
scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
James Alfred Van Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 29 days before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professor of physics. Discovered radiation belts around Earth, named for him.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

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.

Werner von Braun
scientist, military, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Werner 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:

Birthplace is now Wyrzysk in Poland. "Freiherr" is a title, not a name - it means "Baron." Developed the V-2 rocket for Germany in World War II. Worked for the US after the war to develop rockets for the Army and for NASA, Chief architect of the Saturn V rocket.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

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.

Joseph A. Walker
space, aviator, scientist, accident, air crash, X-15

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.

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.

Shannon Walker
space, scientist, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Shannon Walker
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Andrew Thomas by 13 years.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist. Owns her own private airplane.

Space Missions:

Ulrich Walter
space, scientist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Ulrich Hans Walter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Physicist.

Space Missions:

STS-55
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 26, 1993

Duration: 9d 23h.

Taylor Wang
space, scientist, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Taylor Gun-Jin Wang
Also Known As:
Taylor G. Wang
Wáng Gànjùn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. US citizenship in 1975. The first ethnic Chinese person to go into space.

Space Missions:

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

Duration: 7d 0h.

James Watson
scientist, writer, activist

Real/Birth Name:
James Dewey Watson
Also Known As:
James D. Watson
J. D. Watson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-discoverer of the helical structure of DNA. Book The Double Helix.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Mary Weber
space, writer, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Ellen Weber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-101
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 19, 2000

Duration: 9d 21h.
STS-70
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 13, 1995

Duration: 8d 22h.

Peggy Whitson
space, scientist, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Peggy Annette Whitson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in biochemistry. The first NASA Science Officer. International Space Station for 6 months. The first female commander of the International Space Station. Second time as commander of the ISS.

Space Missions:

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Peter Wisoff
space, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Jeffrey Kelsay Wisoff
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Tamara E. Jernigan by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist.

Space Missions:

STS-57
Shuttle Endeavour, launched June 21, 1993

Duration: 9d 23h.
STS-68
Shuttle Endeavour, launched September 30, 1994

Duration: 11d 5h.
STS-81
Shuttle Atlantis, launched January 12, 1997

Duration: 10d 4h.
STS-92
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 11, 2000

Duration: 12d 21h.

Woody Paul
western, singer, musician, scientist

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Chrisman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Brief Facts:

Western swing group Riders in the Sky. PhD in theoretical plasma physics from MIT.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Mark Zuckerberg
business, scientist, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Computer scientist, software developer, philanthropist and creator of the Internet social networking web site Facebook. Formed it into a private company with co-founders while they were students at Harvard. Named Person of the Year for 2010 by magazine Time.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

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