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47 Persons in the International Air & Space Hall of Fame:

Alan Bean

Real/Birth Name:
Alan LaVern Bean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Fourth man on the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2010. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2010.

Space Missions:

Apollo 12 (1969)
Second landing, in Ocean of Storms near Surveyor 3.
Skylab 3

Alan Shepard

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
Nickname(s):
Al
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Mercury-Redstone 3, in the Freedom 7, a sub-orbital flight to the height of 116 miles, lasting 15 minutes, LM pilot Apollo 14, the fifth person to walk on the Moon, and the only Mercury astronaut to walk on the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1977. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 1990.

Space Missions:

Apollo 14 (1971)
Third moon landing, in Fra Mauro.
Mercury-Redstone 3 (1961)
Call sign: Freedom 7. Suborbital test. First American in space. Recovered by carrier USS Lake Champlain.

Alfred Worden

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Merrill Worden
Also Known As:
Al Worden
Nickname(s):
Al
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:

Apollo 15 CSM pilot. Orbited the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2016.

Space Missions:

Apollo 15 (1971)
First Extended LM and LRV rover, landed in Hadley-Apennine.

Amelia Earhart

Real/Birth Name:
Amelia Mary Earhart
Also Known As:
Amelia Earhart Putnam
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39, 22 days before her 40th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apparently died in a plane crash. She was flying across the Pacific. California Hall of Fame 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1973. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1992. Kansas Hall of Fame 2011. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1968. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1997. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1973. Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame 1988. Missouri Walk of Fame 2012. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1967.

Auguste Piccard

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. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1991.

Barron Hilton

Real/Birth Name:
William Barron Hilton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 34 days before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
younger brother of
Younger than Conrad Hilton Jr. by 1 year.
half-brother of
Older than Francesca Hilton by 19 years.
grandfather of
grandfather of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Hilton Hotels heir. Gaming Hall of Fame 1990. San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame 1980. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2012.

Bessie Coleman

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Coleman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. Died when she fell out of an airplane that went into a spin and crashed. She was not the pilot. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1992. National Women's Hall of Fame 2001. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1995. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Billy Mitchell

Real/Birth Name:
William Mitchell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grew up in Wisconsin. Early advocate of air power in warfare. Antagonized leaders, was demoted to colonel from general. Title of major general bestowed posthumously. Congressional Gold Medal 1946. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1966. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1970. French Legion of Honor.

Bob Hoover

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Anderson Hoover
Also Known As:
Robert A. Hoover
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Civilian air shows with his twin engine plane. Chase pilot for X-1 tests. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2007. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988.

Burt Rutan

Real/Birth Name:
Elbert Leander Rutan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 19 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner of Scaled Composites, which created the first non-government craft, SpaceshipOne, to send humans to the edge of space. Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame 2012. Presidential Citizens Medal 1986. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1995. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1988. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Buzz Aldrin

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
Also Known As:
Buzz Eugene Aldrin
Nickname(s):
Buzz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

West Point class of 1951. Astronaut.The second man on the Moon with Neil Armstrong. Legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. International Space Hall of Fame. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1980. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1980. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1985. California Hall of Fame 2011. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971.
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 12 (1966)
Final Gemini flight. Rendezvoused and docked manually with its target Agena and kept station with it during EVA. Aldrin set an EVA record of 5 hours and 30 minutes for one space walk and two stand-up exercises, and demonstrated solutions to previous EVA problems. 59 orbits completed

Charles Lindbergh

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Most famous for his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Controversial because he had anti-Jewish beliefs. Helped the fight in the Pacific in World War II, as a civilian. French Legion of Honor. Congressional Gold Medal 1928. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1973. Missouri Walk of Fame 2013. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1991. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965. Time Person of the Year 1927.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6519 Delmar Boulevard.

Christa McAuliffe

Real/Birth Name:
Sharon Christa Corrigan
Nickname(s):
Teacher in Space
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded before it reached space. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 2004. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2017.

Space Missions:

STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

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

Chuck Yeager

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Elwood Yeager
Nickname(s):
Chuck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Word War II fighter pilot. Test pilot. First person to break the sound barrier in the X-1 rocket plane. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990. California Hall of Fame 2009. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966.

Cliff Robertson

Real/Birth Name:
Clifford Parker Robertson III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 1 day after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Dina Merrill by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Malone, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, PT 109, Picnic, Gidget, Three Days of the Condor, Days of Wine and Roses, The Hustler, Midway, The Naked and the Dead, Charly for which he won an Oscar. TV series Falcon Crest. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2009.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 17 December 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Eddie Rickenbacker

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Bickenbacher
Also Known As:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
Nickname(s):
Fast Eddie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

No middle name at birth. Changed name during World War I. Hero in World War I with 26 aerial victories. Executive and owner of airlines including Easterm Airlines. Owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scripts written for cartoon Ace Drummond. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1992. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 1992. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1994. Medal of Honor 1930. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1965. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966. Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame 2002.

Frank Borman

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Frederick Borman II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Flew around the moon on Apollo 8. Received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. International Space Hall of Fame. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2000. Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame 1990. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1986. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1990.

Space Missions:

Apollo 8 (1968)
First manned flight to Moon; CSM made 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours.
Gemini 7 (1965)
When the original Gemini 6 mission was scrubbed because its Agena target for rendezvous and docking failed, Gemini 7 was used for the rendezvous instead. Primary objective was to determine whether humans could live in space for 14 days.

Glenn Curtiss

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Hammond Curtiss
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Motorcycle racer, early world record speed. Pioneer aviator. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1964. International Aerospace Hall of Fame 1965. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1990. Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2003. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Harrison Ford

Real/Birth Name:
Harrison Ford
Also Known As:
Harrison J. Ford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 7 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Calista Flockhart by 22 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Melissa Mathison by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

He has no middle name. Movies Sabrina (1995), What Lies Beneath, Working Girl, Presumed Innocent, Hollywood Homicide, Firewall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, 42, American Graffiti, Force 10 from Navarone, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, Air Force One, Witness, Cowboys & Aliens. California Hall of Fame 2016. Cecil B DeMille Award 2002. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2010.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 30 May 2003.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Howard Hughes

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jean Peters by 20 years.

Brief Facts:

Multi-millionaire businessman. Movies, airplanes, airlines, oil exploration, medical research. Excentric and reclusive. Subject of movie The Aviator. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. Congressional Gold Medal 1939. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1996. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1987.

Hugh Dryden

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. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1974. International Space Hall of Fame.

Jean Piccard

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Felix Piccard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
The same age as Auguste Piccard.
husband of
Jeannette Piccard, until he died.
Older than Jeannette Piccard by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

High altitude balloonist. Invented the plastic balloon. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1991. International Space Hall of Fame 1994.

Jerry Coleman

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Francis Coleman
Nickname(s):
The Colonel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Second baseman. Team New York Yankees. TV show Game of the Week. Babe Ruth Award 1950. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2007. Ford C Frick Award 2005. National Radio Hall of Fame 2007. San Diego Padres Hall of Fame 2001. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2011.

Jim Lovell

Real/Birth Name:
James Arthur Lovell Jr.
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Ill-fated Apollo 13 flight around the moon. Subject of movie Apollo 13. Received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1995. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1970. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. French Legion of Honor. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1990. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2004.

Space Missions:

Apollo 13 (1970)
Third landing attempt aborted near the Moon, due to SM failure. Crew used LM as "life boat" to return to Earth.
Apollo 8 (1968)
First manned flight to Moon; CSM made 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours.
Gemini 12 (1966)
Final Gemini flight. Rendezvoused and docked manually with its target Agena and kept station with it during EVA. Aldrin set an EVA record of 5 hours and 30 minutes for one space walk and two stand-up exercises, and demonstrated solutions to previous EVA problems. 59 orbits completed
Gemini 7 (1965)
When the original Gemini 6 mission was scrubbed because its Agena target for rendezvous and docking failed, Gemini 7 was used for the rendezvous instead. Primary objective was to determine whether humans could live in space for 14 days.

Jimmy Doolittle

Real/Birth Name:
James Harold Doolittle
Nickname(s):
Jimmy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In 1929 he was the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone. Commanded "Doolittle's Raiders" near the end of World War II. Awarded theMedal of Honor. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1989. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1989. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966.

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.

John Glenn

Real/Birth Name:
John Herschel Glenn Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Annie Glenn, until he died.
Younger than Annie Glenn by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Fighter pilot in WW2 and the Korean War. Test pilot. First American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7. Democratic Senator from Ohio, December 24, 1974 - January 3, 1999. Flew on shuttle Discovery in 1998, at age 77, the oldest person in space. Candidate for president 1984. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. International Space Hall of Fame 1977. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2012. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1976. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2008. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1968. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2004.

Space Missions:

Mercury-Atlas 6 (1962)
Call sign: Friendship 7. 3 orbits. First American in orbit. Retropack retained during re-entry. Recovered by destroyer USS Noa.
STS-95
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 29, 1998

Duration: 8d 21h.

John Herrington

Real/Birth Name:
John Bennett Herrington
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. A member of the Native American group (tribe) Chickasaw Nation. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2001. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2017.

Space Missions:

STS-113
Shuttle Endeavour, launched November 23, 2002

Duration: 13d 18h.

John Joseph Montgomery

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. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2017. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1964.

John Young

Real/Birth Name:
John Watts Young
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 10 (orbited the moon). SpaceLab 1 as Commander. Apollo 16 to the moon surface. Drove the Lunar Rover. Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1974-1987. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2003. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1981. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1995.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo 16 (1972)
Landed in Plain of Descartes.
Gemini 10 (1966)
First use of the Agena Target Vehicle's propulsion systems. The spacecraft also rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini 8. Collins had 49 minutes of EVA standing in the hatch and 39 minutes of EVA to retrieve experiments from the Agena. 43 orbits completed.
Gemini 3 (1965)
First manned Gemini flight, three orbits.
SpaceLab 1 (1983)
Shuttle mission STS-9 on Columbia.
STS-1
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 12, 1981

Duration: 2d 6h.
STS-9
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 28, 1983

Duration: 10d 7h.

Michael Collins

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Collins
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

American test pilot at Edwards AFB and astronaut. Gemini 10 with John Young. Apollo 11 - orbited the moon in the CSM. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2008. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1985. Irish American Hall of Fame 2014. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard and 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 10 (1966)
First use of the Agena Target Vehicle's propulsion systems. The spacecraft also rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini 8. Collins had 49 minutes of EVA standing in the hatch and 39 minutes of EVA to retrieve experiments from the Agena. 43 orbits completed.

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.

Orville Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Orville Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Wilbur Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane. Albert Medal 1917. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Patty Wagstaff

Real/Birth Name:
Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aerobatic pilot. Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2004. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1997. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2007. International Council of Air Shows Foundation Hall of Fame 2006.

Richard Branson

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
Also Known As:
Sir Richard Branson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69, 12 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Billionaire entrepreneur, owner of Virgin Group, including Virgin Atlantic and other companies. Invested also in Virgin Galactic for near-space tourism with Burt Rutan. Balloonist adventurer with Steve Fossett. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2000.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 16 October 2018.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Robert Goddard

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. Congressional Gold Medal 1959. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1966.

Sally Ride

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. California Hall of Fame 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1988. Children's books on space. International Space Hall of Fame 1985. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2003. Texas Women's Hall of Fame 1986. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 2014. San Diego Women's Hall of Fame. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2005. Legacy Walk 2014. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2009.

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.

Scott Carpenter

Real/Birth Name:
Malcolm Scott Carpenter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. The second American to orbit the Earth. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2008.

Space Missions:

Mercury-Atlas 7 (1962)
Call sign: Aurora 7. 3 orbits. Carpenter replaced Deke Slayton. Recovered by destroyer USS Farragut.

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.

Steve Fossett

Real/Birth Name:
James Stephen Fossett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Millionaire adventurer. Swam the English Channel. First nonstop balloon flight around the world. First nonstop solo airplane flight around the world without refueling, March 3, 2005. Died in a plane crash, not found for over a year. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2010.

Wally Schirra

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Marty Schirra Jr.
Nickname(s):
Wally
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1986. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1982. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1970. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2000.

Space Missions:

Apollo 7 (1968)
First manned Earth orbital demonstration of Block II CSM, launched on Saturn IB. First live television publicly broadcast from a manned mission.
Gemini 6 (1965)
First space rendezvous accomplished with Gemini 7, station-keeping for over five hours at distances from 1 to 300 ft.
Mercury-Atlas 8 (1962)
Call sign: Sigma 7. 6 orbits. The flight closest to plan. Carried out maneuvering tests. Recovered by carrier USS Kearsarge.

Walter Cunningham

Real/Birth Name:
Ronnie Walter Cunningham
Nickname(s):
Walt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2011.

Space Missions:

Apollo 7 (1968)
First manned Earth orbital demonstration of Block II CSM, launched on Saturn IB. First live television publicly broadcast from a manned mission.

Wernher von Braun

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. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1998. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2007. State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame 1989. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Wilbur Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Wilbur Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Orville Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane, and first pilot. Died of typhoid fever. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Wiley Post

Real/Birth Name:
Wiley Hardeman Post
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First to fly solo around the world. Died in a plane crash in Alaska. He was pilot. Passenger was Will Rogers. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1999. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1969. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 2004. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1997.

William Anders

Real/Birth Name:
William Alison Anders
Also Known As:
William A. Anders
Nickname(s):
Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Apollo 8 mission, orbited the moon 10 times and returned. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1990.

Space Missions:

Apollo 8 (1968)
First manned flight to Moon; CSM made 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours.

Yuri Gagarin

Real/Birth Name:
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Also Known As:
Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First human to orbit the Earth, a single orbit, on 12 April 1961, aboard Vostok 1. Died in an airplane crash, a MiG-15 training jet. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1970.

Space Missions:

Vostok 1 (1961)
April 12. 1 hour 48 minutes. One orbit. First man in space. First manned orbit.
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