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87 Persons in the International 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.

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.

Aleksei Leonov

Real/Birth Name:
Aleksei Arkhipovich Leonov
Also Known As:
Alexei Leonov
General Leonov
Алексе́й Архи́пович Лео́нов
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut. First person to walk in space. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Soyuz 19
Voskhod 2 (1965)
March 18-19. First spacewalk.

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.

Anousheh Ansari

Real/Birth Name:
Anousheh Ansari
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First Iranian-American in space. Fourth space tourist and first female space tourist. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TMA-8 - Return only
Soyuz TMA-9 - Launch only

Arthur C. Clarke

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Charles Clarke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Science fiction author. Books Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, Movies based on books 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010. Known for formulating the Three Laws of Robotics, and for suggesting communication satellites in geosynchronous orbit in a memo in 1945. Received a CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 2000. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame.

Bob Crippen

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Laurel Crippen
Also Known As:
Robert Crippen
Nickname(s):
Crip
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle program and commander of three additional shuttle missions. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2001. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 2006. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2007.

Space Missions:

STS-1
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 12, 1981

Duration: 2d 6h.
STS-41-C
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 06, 1984

Duration: 6d 23h.
STS-41-G
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 05, 1984

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

Duration: 6d 2h.

Bruce McCandless

Real/Birth Name:
Bruce McCandless II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Navy aviator and astronaut. First untethered EVA. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2005.

Space Missions:

STS-31
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 24, 1990

Duration: 5d 1h.
STS-41-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched February 03, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.

Burt Rutan

Real/Birth Name:
Elbert Leander Rutan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 17 days before his 77th 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

C. Gordon Fullerton

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Gordon Fullerton
Also Known As:
Charles Fullerton
Gordon Fullerton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut. SpaceLab 2 mission. International Space Hall of Fame 1982. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2005. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2000.

Space Missions:

SpaceLab 2 (1985)
July 29. Aboard Challenger on mission STS-51-F.
STS-3
Shuttle Columbia, launched March 22, 1982

Duration: 8d 0h.
STS-51-F
Shuttle Challenger, launched July 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 22h.

Carl Sagan

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. International Space Hall of Fame. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009.

Charles Bolden

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Frank Bolden Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Administrator of NASA. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2006. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

STS-31
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 24, 1990

Duration: 5d 1h.
STS-45
Shuttle Atlantis, launched March 24, 1992

Duration: 8d 22h.
STS-60
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1994

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

Duration: 6d 2h.

Charles Conrad

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Peter Conrad Jr.
Also Known As:
Charles "Pete" Conrad
Pete Conrad
Nickname(s):
Pete
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Third man on the moon in the Apollo 12 mission. Died in a motorcycle accident. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1980. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978.

Space Missions:

Apollo 12 (1969)
Second landing, in Ocean of Storms near Surveyor 3.
Gemini 11 (1966)
Gemini record altitude with apogee of 739.2 nautical miles reached using the Agena Target Vehicle propulsion system after first orbit rendezvous and docking. Gordon made a 33-minute EVA and two-hour standup EVA. 44 orbits.
Gemini 5 (1965)
First week-long flight. First use of fuel cells for electrical power. Evaluated guidance and navigation system for future rendezvous missions. Completed 120 orbits.
Skylab 2

Charlie Duke

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Moss Duke Jr.
Also Known As:
Charles Duke
Nickname(s):
Charlie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former test pilot. Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 16 mission. Youngest person to walk on the moon. South Carolina Hall of Fame 1973. Texas Science Hall of Fame 2000. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 16 (1972)
Landed in Plain of Descartes.

Chris Kraft

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. International Space Hall of Fame 1988. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2016. Theodore Roosevelt Award 1971.

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.

Claude Nicollier

Real/Birth Name:
Claude Nicollier
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

STS-103
Shuttle Discovery, launched December 19, 1999

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-46
Shuttle Atlantis, launched July 31, 1992

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-61
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 02, 1993

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-75
Shuttle Columbia, launched February 22, 1996

Duration: 15d 17h.

David Scott

Real/Birth Name:
David Randolph Scott
Nickname(s):
Dave
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87, 6 days before his 88th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2008.

Space Missions:

Apollo 15 (1971)
First Extended LM and LRV rover, landed in Hadley-Apennine.
Apollo 9 (1969)
First manned flight of CSM and LM in Earth orbit; demonstrated Portable Life Support System to be used on the lunar surface.
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.

Deke Slayton

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Kent Slayton
Also Known As:
Donald Slayton
Nickname(s):
Deke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Apollo-Soyuz docking. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1996.

Space Missions:

Donn Eisele

Real/Birth Name:
Donn Fulton Eisele
Also Known As:
Donn F. Eisele
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 7 in Earth orbit, the first manned flight test. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

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.

Ed Mitchell

Real/Birth Name:
Edgar Dean Mitchell
Also Known As:
Edgar Mitchell
Nickname(s):
Ed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. LM pilot on Apollo 14 mission to the moon. Sixth person to walk on the moon. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1970. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame 1979. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 2008.

Space Missions:

Apollo 14 (1971)
Third moon landing, in Fra Mauro.

Edward White

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Higgins White II
Nickname(s):
Ed
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:

Astronaut and test pilot. Gemini 4 with EVA. The first US astronaut to walk in space. Died in a fire at a pre-flight test run in the Apollo 1 (Apollo 204) capsule. See Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2009.

Space Missions:

Apollo 1 (1967) - Died in a fire during ground test
(AS-204). Planned as a low-orbit mission February 21, 1967, but a cabin fire in a rehearsal test on January 27 killed the three astronauts.
Gemini 4 (1965)
Included first extravehicular activity (EVA) by an American. White's "space walk" was a 22-minute EVA exercise.

Edwin Hubble

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. International Space Hall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 2003. Missouri Walk of Fame 2006.

Eileen Collins

Real/Birth Name:
Eileen Marie Collins
Also Known As:
Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
Nickname(s):
Mom
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, military test pilot, retired from the US Air Force, retired from NASA May 1, 2006. First female shuttle pilot, first female shuttle commander. Chandra X-Ray Observatory. More than 872 hours in space. Multiple medals awarded. National Women's Hall of Fame 1995. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2008. French Legion of Honor. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2013. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2009. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1995. Irish American Hall of Fame 2013. Irish America Hall of Fame 2016.

Space Missions:

STS-114
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 26, 2005

Duration: 13d 21h.
STS-63
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1995

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

Duration: 9d 5h.
STS-93
Shuttle Columbia, launched July 23, 1999

Duration: 4d 22h.

Elon Musk

Real/Birth Name:
Elon Reeve Musk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
48, 28 days before his 49th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of businesses PayPal and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. Also involved in solar power. SpaceX created the first commercial craft (Dragon) to complete a supply mission to the International Space Station. Canadian citizen through his mother. Became a US citizen in 2002. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

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.

Fred Haise

Real/Birth Name:
Fred Wallace Haise Jr.
Nickname(s):
Pecky
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Ill-fated Apollo 13 flight around the moon and back. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1970. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1995.

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.

Fritz Lang

Real/Birth Name:
Friedrich Christian Anton Lang
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Had a reputation for being abusive to actors. Movie Metropolis. Boulevard der Stars 2010. International Space Hall of Fame 2015.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Galileo

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. International Space Hall of Fame.

Gene Cernan

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Andrew Cernan
Also Known As:
Eugene Cernan
Nickname(s):
Gene
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Orbited the moon and descended in the LM without landing. The last man to stand on the moon. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2000.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo 17 (1972)
Only Saturn V night launch. Landed in Taurus-Littrow. First geologist on the Moon. Final manned Moon landing.
Gemini 9A (1966)
Rescheduled from May to rendezvous and dock with an Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) after the original Agena Target Vehicle failed to orbit. The ATDA shroud did not completely separate, making docking impossible. Three different types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits were completed.

George Lucas

Real/Birth Name:
George Walton Lucas Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, American Graffiti, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Founder of Lucasfilm. Sound effects and special effects. California Hall of Fame 2009. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Arts 2013. Kennedy Center Honors 2015. International Space Hall of Fame 2015.

George Pal

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

Brief Facts:

Movies The Time Machine, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Destination Moon, When Worlds Collide. International Space Hall of Fame 2015.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1720 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Gordon Cooper

Real/Birth Name:
Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.
Nickname(s):
Gordo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. International Space Hall of Fame. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2008. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1963.

Space Missions:

Gemini 5 (1965)
First week-long flight. First use of fuel cells for electrical power. Evaluated guidance and navigation system for future rendezvous missions. Completed 120 orbits.
Mercury-Atlas 9 (1963)
Call sign: Faith 7. 22 orbits. First American in space for over a day. Last American solo mission. Recovered by USS Kearsarge.

Guion Bluford

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. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2010. International Space Hall of Fame.

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.

Gus Grissom

Real/Birth Name:
Virgil Ivan Grissom
Also Known As:
Virgil I. Grissom
Virgil Grissom
Nickname(s):
Gus
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mercury-Redstone 4 suborbital flight. Orbited in first Gemini mission, Gemini 3. Died in a fire at a pre-flight test run in the Apollo 1 (Apollo 204) capsule. See Roger Chaffee, Edward White. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. International Space Hall of Fame. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1987.

Space Missions:

Apollo 1 (1967) - Died in a fire during ground test
(AS-204). Planned as a low-orbit mission February 21, 1967, but a cabin fire in a rehearsal test on January 27 killed the three astronauts.
Gemini 3 (1965)
First manned Gemini flight, three orbits.
Mercury-Redstone 4 (1961)
Call sign: Liberty Bell 7. Suborbital test. Spacecraft sank during recovery when hatch unexpectedly blew off. Recovered by carrier USS Randolph.

H.G. Wells

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert George Wells
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Science fiction writer. Books War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, all made into films. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Harrison Schmitt

Real/Birth Name:
Harrison Hagan Schmitt
Also Known As:
Harrison H. Schmitt
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
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. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

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.

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.

Jack Lousma

Real/Birth Name:
Jack Robert Lousma
Also Known As:
Jack R. Lousma
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Skylab 3. The third orbital test flight of space shuttle Columbia. Ran for the Senate but lost. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Skylab 3
STS-3
Shuttle Columbia, launched March 22, 1982

Duration: 8d 0h.

Jack Swigert

Real/Birth Name:
John Leonard Swigert Jr.
Also Known As:
John Swigert
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Ill-fated Apollo 13 flight around the moon and back. After leaving NASA, he was elected to the US Congress, but died of cancer before he was to be sworn in. Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame 1988. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1970.

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.

James Irwin

Real/Birth Name:
James Benson Irwin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, the 8th person to walk on the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

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

James McDivitt

Real/Birth Name:
James Alton McDivitt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90, 10 days before his 91st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and test pilot. Apollo 9, which orbited the Earth for 10 days and tested the LM without landing. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2009. International Space Hall of Fame 1982. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2014.

Space Missions:

Apollo 9 (1969)
First manned flight of CSM and LM in Earth orbit; demonstrated Portable Life Support System to be used on the lunar surface.
Gemini 4 (1965)
Included first extravehicular activity (EVA) by an American. White's "space walk" was a 22-minute EVA exercise.

James Van Allen

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. 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.

Jeannette Piccard

Real/Birth Name:
Jeannette Ridlon
Also Known As:
Jeannette Ridlon Piccard
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Jean Piccard, until his earlier death.
Younger than Jean Piccard by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

High altitude balloonist. The first licensed female balloon pilot in the U.S.; the first woman to fly to the stratosphere; co-inventor of the plastic balloon; the first woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the U.S. International Space Hall of Fame 1998.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Joseph A. Walker

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

Brief Facts:

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

Space Missions:

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

Jules Verne

Real/Birth Name:
Jules Gabriel Verne
Nickname(s):
Father of Science Fiction
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Author of science fiction novels, also made as movies Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1999. French Legion of Honor. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Kathryn Sullivan

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan
Also Known As:
Kathryn D. Sullivan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
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. International Space Hall of Fame 1985. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2004. Ohio Women's Hall of Fame 2002. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1987.

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.

Ken Mattingly

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. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame 2005.

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.

Mae Jemison

Real/Birth Name:
Mae Carol Jemison
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Volunteer in Peace Corps in Africa. The first African-American female in space. Taught at Dartmouth College. Founded the company Jemison Group. National Women's Hall of Fame 1993. Texas Women's Hall of Fame 2002. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

STS-47
Shuttle Endeavour, launched September 12, 1992

Duration: 7d 22h.

Marc Garneau

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Member of Parliament, Minister of Transport. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

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

Duration: 8d 5h.
STS-77
Shuttle Endeavour, launched May 19, 1996

Duration: 10d 0h.
STS-97
Shuttle Endeavour, launched November 30, 2000

Duration: 10d 19h.

Musa Manarov

Real/Birth Name:
Musa Khiromanovich Manarov
Also Known As:
Муса Хираманович Манаров
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. 541 days in space. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Mir EO-8
Soyuz TM-11
Soyuz TM-4 - Launch only
Soyuz TM-6 - Return only

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.
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.

Norman Thagard

Real/Birth Name:
Norman Earl Thagard
Nickname(s):
Norm
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2004. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Mir EO-18
Soyuz TM-21
STS-30
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 04, 1989

Duration: 4d 0h.
STS-42
Shuttle Discovery, launched January 22, 1992

Duration: 8d 1h.
STS-51-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.
STS-7
Shuttle Challenger, launched June 18, 1983

Duration: 6d 2h.
STS-71
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 27, 1995

Duration: 9d 19h.

Paul Allen

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Gardner Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates. Philanthropist. Owner of NBA basketball team Portland Trail Blazers and NFL football team Seattle Seahawks. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Richard F. Gordon Jr.

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Francis Gordon Jr.
Also Known As:
Richard Gordon
Nickname(s):
Dick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

CSM pilot on Apollo 12. Orbited the moon without landing. Scheduled for Apollo 18 which was cancelled. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Apollo 12 (1969)
Second landing, in Ocean of Storms near Surveyor 3.
Apollo 18
(abandoned) Originally planned to land in Schroter's Valley, a river-like channel.
Gemini 11 (1966)
Gemini record altitude with apogee of 739.2 nautical miles reached using the Agena Target Vehicle propulsion system after first orbit rendezvous and docking. Gordon made a 33-minute EVA and two-hour standup EVA. 44 orbits.

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.

Roger Chaffee

Real/Birth Name:
Roger Bruce Chaffee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31, 19 days before his 32nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in a fire at a pre-flight test run in the Apollo 1 (Apollo 204) capsule. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 1 (1967) - Died in a fire during ground test
(AS-204). Planned as a low-orbit mission February 21, 1967, but a cabin fire in a rehearsal test on January 27 killed the three astronauts.

Ron Evans

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Ellwin Evans Jr.
Also Known As:
Ronald Evans
Nickname(s):
Ron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 17, orbited the moon in the CSM. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Apollo 17 (1972)
Only Saturn V night launch. Landed in Taurus-Littrow. First geologist on the Moon. Final manned Moon landing.

Rusty Schweickart

Real/Birth Name:
Russell Louis Schweickart
Also Known As:
Russell Schweickart
Nickname(s):
Rusty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 9 in Earth orbit test. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1993. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1993.

Space Missions:

Apollo 9 (1969)
First manned flight of CSM and LM in Earth orbit; demonstrated Portable Life Support System to be used on the lunar surface.

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.

Sergei Krikalev

Real/Birth Name:
Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev
Also Known As:
Sergei Krikalyov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. 803 days plus in space. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Soyuz TM-12 - Launch only
Soyuz TM-13 - Return only
Soyuz TM-31 - Launch only
Soyuz TM-7
Soyuz TMA-6
STS-102 - Return only
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 08, 2001

Duration: 12d 19h.
STS-60
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1994

Duration: 7d 6h.
STS-88
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 04, 1998

Duration: 11d 19h.

Shannon Lucid

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. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1996. Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame 1993. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2014. National Women's Hall of Fame 1998. Okhahoma Women’s Hall of Fame 1993.

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.

Sidney Gutierrez

Real/Birth Name:
Sidney Gutierrez
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

STS-40
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 05, 1991

Duration: 9d 2h.
STS-59
Shuttle Endeavour, launched April 09, 1994

Duration: 11d 5h.

Story Musgrave

Real/Birth Name:
Franklin Story Musgrave
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mission specialist in 1983, the payload commander in 1993, mission specialist in 1996. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2003. International Space Hall of Fame. Little League Hall of Excellence 1994.

Space Missions:

SpaceLab 2 (1985)
July 29. Aboard Challenger on mission STS-51-F.
STS-33
Shuttle Discovery, launched November 22, 1989

Duration: 5d 0h.
STS-44
Shuttle Atlantis, launched November 24, 1991

Duration: 6d 22h.
STS-51-F
Shuttle Challenger, launched July 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 22h.
STS-6
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 04, 1983

Duration: 5d 0h.
STS-61
Shuttle Endeavour, launched December 02, 1993

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-80
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 19, 1996

Duration: 17d 15h.

Stuart Roosa

Real/Birth Name:
Stuart Allen Roosa
Nickname(s):
Stu
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Apollo 14 - orbited the moon in the CSM. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 14 (1971)
Third moon landing, in Fra Mauro.

Susan Helms

Real/Birth Name:
Susan Jane Helms
Also Known As:
Susan J. Helms
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Retired lieutenant general from the US Air Force. Served aboard the International Space Station as a member of the 2nd crew. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2011. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 2011.

Space Missions:

STS-101
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 19, 2000

Duration: 9d 21h.
STS-54
Shuttle Endeavour, launched January 13, 1993

Duration: 5d 23h.
STS-64
Shuttle Discovery, launched September 09, 1994

Duration: 10d 22h.
STS-78
Shuttle Columbia, launched June 20, 1996

Duration: 16d 21h.

Svetlana Savitskaya

Real/Birth Name:
Svetlana Yevgeniyevna Savitskaya
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. The second woman in space. On her 1984 mission she became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Soyuz T-12
Soyuz T-5 - Return only
Soyuz T-7 - Launch only

Tom Stafford

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Patten Stafford
Also Known As:
Thomas Stafford
Nickname(s):
Tom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 10 (orbited the moon). International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1993. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo-Soyuz
Gemini 6 (1965)
First space rendezvous accomplished with Gemini 7, station-keeping for over five hours at distances from 1 to 300 ft.
Gemini 9A (1966)
Rescheduled from May to rendezvous and dock with an Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) after the original Agena Target Vehicle failed to orbit. The ATDA shroud did not completely separate, making docking impossible. Three different types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits were completed.

Valentina Tereshkova

Real/Birth Name:
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
Also Known As:
Valentina Tereschkova
Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́вk
Nickname(s):
Valya
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Andriyan Nikolayev by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

The first woman in space, on Vostok 6. Cosmonaut for the former Soviet Union in 1963. Hero of the Soviet Union medal. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Vostok 6 (1963)
June 16-19. First woman in space.

Valeri Polyakov

Real/Birth Name:
Valeri Ivanovich Korshunov
Also Known As:
Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov
Valery Vladimirovich Polyakov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. Changed name after adoption by his stepfather in 1957. Stayed 437 days in a row aboard the Mir space station in 1994-1995. A total of over 678 days in space. International Space Hall of Fame. French Legion of Honor.

Space Missions:

Vance Brand

Real/Birth Name:
Vance DeVoe Brand
Also Known As:
Vance D. Brand
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former test pilot. US astronaut on the Apollo-Soyuz mission. Apollo 18 crew, cancelled mission. International Space Hall of Fame 1996. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1989.

Space Missions:

Apollo 18
(abandoned) Originally planned to land in Schroter's Valley, a river-like channel.
Apollo-Soyuz
STS-35
Shuttle Columbia, launched December 02, 1990

Duration: 8d 23h.
STS-41-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched February 03, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-5
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 11, 1982

Duration: 5d 2h.

Vladimir Titov

Real/Birth Name:
Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cosmonaut. Soyuz failed on launch when emergency system saved the crew before the rocket exploded. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Soyuz T-10A
Soyuz T-8 (1983)
Salyut 7, docking failed due to a broken antenna
Soyuz TM-4 - Launch only
Soyuz TM-6 - Return only
STS-63
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1995

Duration: 8d 6h.
STS-86
Shuttle Atlantis, launched September 25, 1997

Duration: 10d 19h.

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.

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 Cronkite

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
Also Known As:
Walter Wilcox
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

News anchor for TV program CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-1981.) Covered many famous events, including Vietnam War, assassinations of Kennedy and King, Watergate, and the moon landings. International Space Hall of Fame. Missouri Wall of Fame. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1981. Hall of Famous Missourians 1999. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985.

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.

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.

William J. Knight

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

Brief Facts:

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

William Shepherd

Real/Birth Name:
William McMichael Shepherd
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2009. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 2003. International Space Hall of Fame.

Space Missions:

Expedition 1
Soyuz TM-31
STS-102
Shuttle Discovery, launched March 08, 2001

Duration: 12d 19h.
STS-27
Shuttle Atlantis, launched December 02, 1988

Duration: 4d 9h.
STS-41
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 06, 1990

Duration: 4d 2h.
STS-52
Shuttle Columbia, launched October 22, 1992

Duration: 9d 20h.

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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