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List of Famous Astronauts

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This list of famous astronauts includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top astronauts in the history of space travel? This list includes the most prominent astronauts, living and dead, both in the American space program and those of other countries. This list of notable astronauts is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic astronauts were born and what their nationality is. 

No list of astronauts is complete without space travelers like Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride - one of the most notable female astronaut names. Here, you'll also find astronaut pictures and all kinds of other astronaut information. You might even learn a few new astronaut names!

From reputable, prominent, and well known astronauts to the lesser known astronauts of today, these are some of the most famous American astronauts to ever fly in outer space. They're joined on this list by many foreign astronauts as well - and all have awesome astronaut images for your perusal.

Who are the most famous astronauts ever? What are the names of astronauts throughout history? You'll find them all here, but be careful - you might be inspired to become an astronaut yourself one day!
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    Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Ohio
    • Profession: Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting, Naval Officer, United States Naval Aviator, + more
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    Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a ...more

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    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
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    Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Astronaut
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    Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1934-1968)
    • Birthplace: Klushino, Russia
    • Profession: Astronaut, Military aviator
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    John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    John Herschel Glenn, Jr., is a former U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut and United States senator. He was selected as one of the "Mercury seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft. On February ...more

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    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: USA, Cambridge Township, Cambridge, Ohio
    • Profession: Politician, Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator
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    Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon. He set an eight-day space endurance record along with his Command Pilot Gordon Cooper on the Gemini 5 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1930-1999)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Actor
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    Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, test pilot, mechanical engineer, and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)
    • Birthplace: USA, Mitchell, Indiana
    • Profession: Astronaut, Military aviator
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    Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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    Alan Bartlett "Al" Shepard, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person and the first American to travel into space. This Mercury flight was designed to enter space, but ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1923-1998)
    • Birthplace: New Hampshire, USA, Derry
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator
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