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

Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Gordon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Sunita Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Sunita Lyn "Suni" Williams née Pandya is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer of Indian-Slovenian descent. She holds the records for longest single space flight ...more

Joseph A. Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker, was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, test pilot with NASA, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Man In Space Soonest spaceflight ...more

Jeffrey Ashby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Jeffrey Shears "Bones" Ashby is a former American naval aviator and astronaut, a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Jeff Ashby grew up in ...more

Gregory Chamitoff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Gregory Errol Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the International Space Station on STS-124, launching 31 May 2008. He was in space 198 ...more

Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.

Frank De Winne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Frank, Viscount De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He is Belgium's second person in space. He was the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission when he served ...more

Robert Thirsk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, OC OBC is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the ...more

Chris Hadfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Chris Austin Hadfield OC OOnt MSC CD is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has ...more

Jake Garn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn is an American politician, a member of the Republican Party, and served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. Garn became the first sitting ...more

Reinhard Furrer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Alfred Furrer was a German physicist and astronaut. Furrer was born in Wörgl, Austria. After the end of World War II, his father was expelled from Austria. The family ...more

Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Ronnie Walter Cunningham, better known as Walt Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian ...more

William Anders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
William Alison "Bill" Anders, is a former United States Air Force officer, nuclear engineer, NASA astronaut, and businessman. He is, along with Apollo 8 crewmates Frank Borman and Jim ...more

Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
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

Barbara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Barbara Radding Morgan is an American teacher and a former NASA astronaut. She participated in the Teacher in Space program as the backup to Christa McAuliffe for the ill-fated STS-51-L mission ...more

Rakesh Sharma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, AC, Hero of the Soviet Union, is a former Indian Air Force test pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 as part of the Intercosmos programe. Sharma was the first Indian to ...more

Garrett Reisman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short ...more

James H. Newman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
James Hansen Newman is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions.

Alexey Leonov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity, exiting the capsule ...more

Edward Gibson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Edward George Gibson, Ph.D. is a former astronaut for NASA, a pilot, an engineer, and a physicist. Before becoming a NASA astronaut, Gibson graduated from the University of Rochester and the ...more

Thomas P. Stafford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Thomas Patten "Tom" Stafford, is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He flew aboard two Gemini space flights; and in 1969 was the Commander of Apollo ...more

Valentina Tereshkova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In ...more

Shannon Lucid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid is an American biochemist and a retired NASA astronaut. At one time, she held the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman. ...more

Umberto Guidoni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Astronauts
Umberto Guidoni is an Italian astrophysicist, science writer and a former ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. He was also a Member of the European Parliament from ...more