‘That one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ Neil Armstrong’s words created one of the most spectacular moments in US history and that of the world. Astronauts are trained individuals who travel in outer space. Though Neil Armstrong is by far the most famous American astronaut that the world knows about and takes pride in for being the first man to step on the moon, American has had numerous other legendary astronauts who have in their own way created history. Remember Alan B Shephard Jr? He was the first American man to go into space. Other than his Freedom 7 mission, Shephard undertook various other missions including the Apollo 14, the third mission to land on moon. John Glenn Jr. was the first American astronaut to orbit the earth aboard his Friendship 7 mission. Not just men, women too left an indelible mark on the space with their space travels. Dr Sally Ride became the first American female astronaut to go in space in the space shuttle Challenger. Born in the American soil, Ellen Ochoa became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991. A mission specialists and flight engineer, she is a veteran, four space flights old and has a record of more than 950 hours in space. Know more about famous American astronauts, their life, their career, their space revolutions and their space travels with this segment.
Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong

05 August 1930

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin

20 January 1930

Kalpana ChawlaKalpana Chawla

17 March 1962

John GlennJohn Glenn

18 July 1921

Sally RideSally Ride

26 May 1951

Mae JemisonMae Jemison

17 October 1956

Gus GrissomGus Grissom

03 April 1926

Alan ShepardAlan Shepard

18 November 1923

Jack SwigertJack Swigert

30 August 1931

Sunita WilliamsSunita Williams

19 September 1965

Peggy WhitsonPeggy Whitson

09 February 1960

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Michael CollinsMichael Collins

31 October 1930

Jim LovellJim Lovell

25 March 1928

Lisa NowakLisa Nowak

10 May 1963

Christa McAuliffeChrista McAuliffe

02 September 1948

Fred HaiseFred Haise

14 November 1933

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly

17 March 1936

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Gordon CooperGordon Cooper

06 March 1927

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton

01 March 1924

Mark KellyMark Kelly

21 February 1964

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter

01 May 1925

Harrison SchmittHarrison Schmitt

03 July 1935

Frank BormanFrank Borman

14 March 1928

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Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee

15 February 1935

Pete ConradPete Conrad

02 June 1930

Charles DukeCharles Duke

03 October 1935

Ellen OchoaEllen Ochoa

10 May 1958

Richard GarriottRichard Garriott

04 July 1961

Ronald McNairRonald McNair

21 October 1950

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Wally SchirraWally Schirra

12 March 1923

Elliot SeeElliot See

23 July 1927

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell

17 September 1930

James IrwinJames Irwin

17 March 1930

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan

14 March 1934

Alan BeanAlan Bean

15 March 1932

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Ellison OnizukaEllison Onizuka

24 June 1946

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave

19 August 1935

Anousheh AnsariAnousheh Ansari

12 September 1966

Dick ScobeeDick Scobee

19 May 1939

William AndersWilliam Anders

17 October 1933

Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II

08 June 1937

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Leland D. MelvinLeland D. Melvin

15 February 1964

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford

22 November 1942

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden

07 February 1932

Anna Lee FisherAnna Lee Fisher

24 August 1949

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi

10 September 1948

Rick HusbandRick Husband

12 July 1957

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Laurel ClarkLaurel Clark

10 March 1961

Gregory JarvisGregory Jarvis

24 August 1944

Dennis TitoDennis Tito

08 August 1940

Michael P. AndersonMichael P. Anderson

25 December 1959

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool

23 September 1961

Barbara MorganBarbara Morgan

28 November 1951

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Eileen CollinsEileen Collins

19 November 1956

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart

25 October 1935

James McDivittJames McDivitt

10 June 1929

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham

16 March 1932

David M. BrownDavid M. Brown

16 April 1956

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele

23 June 1930

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Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa

16 August 1933

Joseph A. WalkerJoseph A. Walker

20 February 1921

Joe EngleJoe Engle

26 August 1932

Karl Gordon HenizeKarl Gordon Henize

17 October 1926

Tracy Caldwell DysonTracy Caldwell Dyson

14 August 1969

Robert CrippenRobert Crippen

11 September 1937

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Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson

30 October 1946

Shannon LucidShannon Lucid

14 January 1943

William J. KnightWilliam J. Knight

18 November 1929

Christopher CassidyChristopher Cassidy

04 January 1970

Peter SieboldPeter Siebold
Michael FoaleMichael Foale

06 January 1957

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Catherine ColemanCatherine Coleman

14 December 1960

John HerringtonJohn Herrington

14 September 1958

Piers SellersPiers Sellers

11 April 1955

Clayton AndersonClayton Anderson

23 February 1959

Susan HelmsSusan Helms

26 February 1958

Kjell N. LindgrenKjell N. Lindgren

23 January 1973

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Marsha IvinsMarsha Ivins

15 April 1951

Michael J. MassiminoMichael J. Massimino

19 August 1962

Kathleen RubinsKathleen Rubins

14 October 1978