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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

    Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)
    Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and...  more

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    Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter...  more

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    Sally Ride

    Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)
    Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist....  more

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    Pete Conrad

    Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)
    Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. (June 2, 1930 – July 8, 1999) (Captain, USN), was an American NASA...  more

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    Gus Grissom

    Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)
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    Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former...  more

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    Alan Shepard

    Dec. at 75 (1923-1998)
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    Jim Lovell

    Age: 92
    James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator,...  more
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    William R. Pogue

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)
    William Reid Pogue (January 23, 1930 – March 3, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut,...  more
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    Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA...  more
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    Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired...  more
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    Judith Resnik

    Dec. at 37 (1949-1986)
    Judith Arlene Resnik (; April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American electrical engineer,...  more

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    Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American...  more
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    Ronald McNair

    Dec. at 36 (1950-1986)
    Ronald Erwin McNair (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and...  more

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    Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United...  more
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    Kalpana Chawla

    Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)
    Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and...  more
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    Carlos Ismael Noriega (born 1959) is a Peruvian and U.S. citizen, NASA employee, a former NASA...  more
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    Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired United States Air Force (USAF)...  more

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    Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, retired...  more
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    Wally Schirra

    Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)
    Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007) (Captain, USN, Ret.) was an American...  more
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    Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer,...  more
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    Lisa Nowak

    Age: 57
    Lisa Marie Nowak (née Caputo, born May 10, 1963) is an American former naval flight officer...  more

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    Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri‎; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an...  more
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    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA...  more
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    Gordon Cooper

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
    Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004) was an American aerospace...  more