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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 Armstrong1

    Neil Armstrong

    Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America

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

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  • Buzz Aldrin2

    BirthplaceGlen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Sally Ride3

    Sally Ride

    Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

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  • Pete Conrad4

    Pete Conrad

    Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

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

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  • Gus Grissom5

    Gus Grissom

    Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)

    BirthplaceMitchell, Indiana, United States of America

    Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the seven original...  more
  • Ellen Ochoa6

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former...  more

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  • Alan Shepard7

    Alan Shepard

    Dec. at 75 (1923-1998)

    BirthplaceDerry, New Hampshire, United States of America

    Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American...  more
  • Jim Lovell8

    Jim Lovell

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator,...  more
  • William R. Pogue9

    William R. Pogue

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceOkemah, Oklahoma

    William Reid Pogue (January 23, 1930 – March 3, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut,...  more
  • Mae Jemison10

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama, United States of America

    Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA...  more
  • Story Musgrave11

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired...  more
  • Judith Resnik12

    Judith Resnik

    Dec. at 37 (1949-1986)

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

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


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  • Guion Bluford13

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American...  more
  • Ronald McNair14

    Ronald McNair

    Dec. at 36 (1950-1986)

    BirthplaceLake City, South Carolina

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

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  • Eileen Collins15

    BirthplaceElmira, New York

    Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United...  more
  • Kalpana Chawla16

    Kalpana Chawla

    Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)

    BirthplaceKarnal, India

    Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and...  more
  • Carlos I. Noriega17

    BirthplaceLima, Peru

    Carlos Ismael Noriega (born 1959) is a Peruvian and U.S. citizen, NASA employee, a former NASA...  more
  • Frank Borman18

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired United States Air Force (USAF)...  more

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  • Peggy Whitson19

    BirthplaceMount Ayr, Iowa

    Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, retired...  more
  • Wally Schirra20

    Wally Schirra

    Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007) (Captain, USN, Ret.) was an American...  more
  • Franklin Chang Díaz21

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer,...  more
  • Lisa Nowak22

    Lisa Nowak

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

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

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  • Anousheh Ansari23

    BirthplaceMashhad, Iran

    Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri‎; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an...  more
  • Harrison Schmitt24

    BirthplaceSanta Rita, New Mexico, United States of America

    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA...  more
  • Gordon Cooper25

    Gordon Cooper

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma

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