The Space Page 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. You might also be interested in our lists of astronauts who died in flight, UFO sightings reported by astronauts, or even the hottest male astronauts of NASA. 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!

Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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 ...more

John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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 ...more

Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

William R. Pogue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
William Reid "Bill" Pogue, was an American astronaut and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author.

Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Judith Resnik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Ronald McNair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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.

Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Carlos I. Noriega is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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.

Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Franklin Chang Díaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Roberta Bondar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant ...more

Lisa Nowak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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