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Famous Astronauts from the United States

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride.

This historic astronauts from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American astronauts of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronauts from the United States?" These prominent astronauts of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American astronauts.

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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)

Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, ...more

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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 89

Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot. Aldrin made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission, and as the Apollo Lunar ...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)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride ...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)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. (June 2, 1930 – July 8, 1999) (Captain, USN), was an American NASA astronaut, aeronautical engineer, naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and during the ...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)

Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States of America

Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the seven original National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Project Mercury astronauts, and the first of ...more

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 60

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the ...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)

Birthplace: Derry, New Hampshire, United States of America

Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman. In 1961 he became the first American to travel ...more

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 90

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator, mechanical engineer, and retired Navy captain. In 1968, as command module pilot of Apollo 8, he became ...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)

Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma

William Reid Pogue (January 23, 1930 – March 3, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker ...more
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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 62

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission ...more

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 83

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied ...more

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

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

Judith Arlene Resnik (; April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot and NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle ...more

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Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 76

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who ...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)

Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina

Ronald Erwin McNair (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and physicist. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, in which he ...more

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 62

Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) 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 ...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)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as ...more

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

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Carlos Ismael Noriega (born 1959) 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

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired United States Air Force (USAF) colonel, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, businessman, rancher, and NASA astronaut. He was the ...more

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Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 59

Birthplace: Mount Ayr, Iowa

Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, retired NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an ...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)

Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey

Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007) (Captain, USN, Ret.) was an American naval aviator and NASA astronaut. In 1959, he became one of the original seven astronauts chosen ...more

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Franklin Chang Dí... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 68

Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica

Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer, physicist, former NASA astronaut. He is the founder and current CEO of Ad Astra Rocket ...more
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Lisa Nowak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 55

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Lisa Marie Nowak (née Caputo, born May 10, 1963) 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 ...more

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Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 49

Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri‎; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business ...more

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Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Astronauts from the United States
Age: 83

Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States of America

Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor, former U.S. senator from New Mexico, and, as a crew member of ...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)

Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma

Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004) was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original ...more

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