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Astronaut Biographies - Read More About the Astronauts

Astronaut biographies, read more about astronauts, the brave men & women who have made a success of the US Astronaut Program. Learn more about US astronauts, as well as find astronaut biographies of international astronauts who trained at NASA. Read details of the lives of astronauts in these astronaut biographies.
  1. Active Astronauts (112)
  2. Former Astronauts (183)
  3. Deceased Astronauts (20)
  4. International Astronauts (25)
  5. Payload Specialists (41)
  6. Inactive Astronauts (36)

Biography of Neil Armstrong
It was July 21, 1969 when Neil Armstrong spoke what must be considered the most famous words of the 20th century, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". This, of course, was the day that men from Earth first set foot on the Moon. It was the culmination of years of research and development, success and failure, and bitter competition from our feared rivals. And it was the words of a…

Lisa Nowak Pictures Gallery
Lisa Nowak was born May 10, 1963, in Washington, D.C. to Alfredo and Jane Caputo. She was selected for the astronaut program by NASA in April 1996. Lisa Nowak flew as a mission specialist on STS-121. In February of 2007, Lisa Nowak was arrested and eventually charged with attempted attempted kidnapping and burglary with assault. On March 8, 2007, NASA terminated Lisa Nowak as an astronaut and she returned to navy duty.

Lisa Nowak
Lisa Nowak was born May 10, 1963, in Washington, DC to Alfredo and Jane Caputo. Lisa is currently separated from her husband, Richard T. Nowak of South Burlington, VT. Lisa Nowak flew as a mission specialist on STS-121. In February of 2007, Lisa Nowak was arrested and eventually charged with attempted attempted kidnapping and burglary with assault. On March 8, 2007, NASA terminated Lisa Nowak as an astronautand she returned to navy duty.

Jerrie Cobb
On March 5, 1931, Norman, Oklahoma was the birthplace for Geraldyn M. "Jerrie" Cobb. Daughter of Lt. Col. William H. Cobb and Helena Butler Stone Cobb, Jerrie Cobb took her first flight at the age of 12 in the backseat of a 1936 Waco open-cockpit biplane flown by her father, Col. Cobb. Thus began one of the world's great love stories.

Neil Armstrong Biography
Born on August 5, 1930 on his grandparents’ farm in Auglaize County, Ohio, Neil Armstrong was the eldest of three children of Stephen and Viola Engel Armstrong. Neil Armstrong worked at numerous jobs around town and at the nearby airport so he could start taking flying lessons at the age of 15 and on his 16th birthday he was issued a pilot's license. Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon on July 20, 1969 durin the Apollo 11 mission.

NASA Space Pioneer John Young Retires - Astronaut Without Equal
Space pioneer John W. Young, who flew twice to the moon, walked on its surface and commanded the 1st Space Shuttle mission, is retiring. John Young was the 1st human to fly in space 6 times and launch 7 times, 6 times from Earth and once from the moon. He is the only astronaut to pilot 4 different types of spacecraft, flying in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. John Young is the longest serving astronaut in history. His retirement from NASA is effective Dec. 31, 2004.

John Young Biography
John Young's achievements during his 42-year career at NASA are unmatched. John Young was the first human to fly in space six times and launch seven times, six times from Earth and once from the moon. John Young is the only astronaut to pilot four different types of spacecraft, flying in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. John Young is the longest serving astronaut in history.

Neil Armstrong Quotes
Neil Armstrong is unequivocally an American hero. His bravery and skill earned him the honor of the first human to ever set foot on the Moon. As a result Neil Armstrong has been looked to for insight into the human condition as well as commentary on the state of technology and space exploration. Here we look at the top ten Neil Armstrong quotes,...

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