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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!

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

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

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

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  • Yuri Gagarin
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin  (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and...  more

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  • John Glenn
    John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) was a United States Marine Corps...  more
  • Pete Conrad
    Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. (June 2, 1930 – July 8, 1999) (Captain, USN), was an American NASA...  more

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  • Gus Grissom
    Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the seven original...  more
  • Alan Shepard
    Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American...  more
  • Jim Lovell
    James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator,...  more
  • William R. Pogue
    William Reid Pogue (January 23, 1930 – March 3, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut,...  more
  • Mae Jemison
    Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA...  more
  • Story Musgrave
    Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired...  more
  • Harrison Schmitt
    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA...  more
  • Judith Resnik

    Judith Resnik

    Judith Arlene Resnik (; April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American electrical engineer,...  more
  • Ronald McNair
    Ronald Erwin McNair (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and...  more

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  • Guion Bluford
    Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American...  more
  • Eileen Collins
    Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United...  more
  • Kalpana Chawla
    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
  • Frank Borman
    Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired United States Air Force (USAF)...  more

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  • Peggy Whitson
    Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, retired...  more
  • Wally Schirra
    Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (, March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007) (Captain, USN, Ret.) was an American...  more
  • Franklin Chang Díaz
    Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer,...  more
  • Roberta Bondar

    Roberta Bondar

    Roberta Bondar (; born December 4, 1945) is Canada's first female astronaut and the first...  more
  • Lisa Nowak
    Lisa Marie Nowak (née Caputo, born May 10, 1963) is an American former naval flight officer...  more

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