List of Famous Astronauts People

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
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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: Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting, Naval Officer, United States Naval Aviator, + more
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    Buzz Aldrin
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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: age 85
    • Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
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    Sally Ride
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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
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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
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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: age 94
    • Birthplace: Cambridge Township, Cambridge, Ohio, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator
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    Pete Conrad
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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
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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: Mitchell, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Military aviator
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    Alan Shepard
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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: Derry, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator
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    Jim Lovell
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    James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr., is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Actor, Writer
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    William R. Pogue
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    William Reid "Bill" Pogue, was an American astronaut and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1930-2014)
    • Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut
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    Mae Jemison
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    Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Astronaut, Scientist, Physician
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    Story Musgrave
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    Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 he became only the second astronaut to achieve the record of six spaceflights.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist, Astronaut, Computer scientist, + more
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    Harrison Schmitt
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    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor and former U.S. senator from New Mexico. In December 1972, as one of the crew on board Apollo 17, Schmitt became the first member of NASA's first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. As Apollo 17 ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New Mexico, Grant County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Astronaut, Scientist, Geologist
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    Judith Resnik
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    Judith Arlene Resnik was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American female astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and had a Ph.D.more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1949-1986)
    • Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer
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    Ronald McNair
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    Ronald Ervin McNair, Ph.D. was a physicist and NASA astronaut. McNair died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L.more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1950-1986)
    • Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Astronaut
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    Guion Bluford
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    Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr., is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and the first African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Bluford was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. In 1983, as a member of the crew of the Space ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut
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    Eileen Collins
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    Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle. She was awarded several medals for her work. Colonel Collins has logged 38 days 8 ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut
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    Kalpana Chawla
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    Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)
    • Birthplace: Karnal, India
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, Aerospace Engineer, + more
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    Carlos I. Noriega
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    Carlos Ismael Noriega is a Peruvian and U.S. citizen, NASA employee, a former NASA astronaut and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Lima, Peru
    • Profession: Soldier, Astronaut
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    Frank Borman
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    Frank Frederick Borman, II, is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24 humans ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut
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