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However, he did NOT circle the earth on his first flight. He was the second person in space.
An American aviator and astronaut, who was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11
A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who flew on STS-9 in 1983
American Payload Specialist Astronaut. Born 2 September 1948. Died 28 January 1986. Was to have been the first teacher in space.
As commander of the Apollo 15 mission, the fourth human lunar landing, he was the seventh person to walk on the Moon.
Mission commander. Pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984.
American Mission Specialist Astronaut. Born 5 April 1949. Died 28 January 1986. Engineer.
American Mission Specialist Astronaut. First Indian-American woman in space. Died 1 February 2003. Engineer.
American Mission Specialist Astronaut. Born 3 October 1951. Geologist.
Died in the Apollo 1 disaster.
American Pilot Astronaut. Also the first female spacecraft commander.
American Pilot Astronaut. Also the first female shuttle pilot.
He was the Soviet Union's second cosmonaut.
Killed during a training exercise for the Apollo One mission on January 27, 1967.
Research Cosmonaut aboard The Soyuz TM-12. Sharman was selected to travel in space on 25 November 1989, beating 13,000 applicants to be the first British astronaut. The programme was known as Project Juno and was a cooperative arrangement between the Soviet Union and a group of British companies. Sharman spent several days on Mir space station.
He also commanded Apollo 13, the mission that had to be aborted because of an explosion on board.
Also the first astronaut to address the United Nations
Was 77 when he flew on STS-95
In 1963, Walker made two X-15 flights beyond 100 kilometers - the edge of space. These were the only powered spaceplane flights past that threshold until SpaceShipOne in 2004.
American Mission Specialist Astronaut. Born 10 March 1961. Died 1 February 2003.
His first spaceflight was aboard Gemini 8 in 1966, for which he was the command pilot. On this mission, he performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft together with pilot David Scott. Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.
The third person to walk on the Moon - Apollo 12.
Mission commander. He piloted a previous shuttle during the first docking with the International Space Station (STS-96).
During Space Shuttle Challenger's mission STS-7, on June 18, 1983
Was the second woman in space. Russian Engineer Cosmonaut. Born 8 August 1948. Test pilot, engineer.
Russian Cosmonaut who was launched into space in June 1963 aboard Vostok 6.
During the first mission to orbit the moon in Apollo 8 in 1968. Anders was born in Hong Kong. Anders took a photograph of Earthrise that has become one of the most celebrated of the US space program.
His mission, Shenzhou 5, made the PRC the third country to independently send people into space.
He spent a total 1 hour 48 minutes in space
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