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List of notable or famous astronauts from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top astronauts born in the United States and even some popular astronauts who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American astronauts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronauts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronaut from the United States is included when available.

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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)
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 ...more

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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 89
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 ...more

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)
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 ...more

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Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)
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 ...more

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Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)
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 ...more

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 60
Ellen Lauri Ochoa is a former astronaut and current Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December ...more

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Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1923-1998)
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 ...more

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 90
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 ...more

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William R. Pogue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)
William Reid "Bill" Pogue, was an American astronaut and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author.

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 62
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 ...more

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 83
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 ...more

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Judith Resnik is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 37 (1949-1986)
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 ...more

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Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 76
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 ...more

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Ronald McNair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 36 (1950-1986)
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.

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 62
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 ...more

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)
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 ...more

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Carlos I. Noriega is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 59
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.

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Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 90
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 ...more

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Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 59
Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International ...more

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Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)
Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, ...more

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Franklin Chang Díaz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 68
Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz, Ph.D. is a Costa Rican-American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. Dr. Chang Díaz became an American citizen in 1977. He is ...more

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Lisa Nowak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 55
Lisa Marie Nowak is an American former naval flight officer and NASA astronaut. Born in Washington, D.C., she was selected by NASA in 1996 and qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. ...more

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Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 52
Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom ...more

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Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
age 83
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 ...more

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Gordon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr., better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts ...more