Male Astronauts

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 1 
Neil Armstrong
(First Person To Walk On The Moon)

Neil Armstrong
12
Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

 2 
Buzz Aldrin
(Fighter pilot, Astronaut, Engineer)

Buzz Aldrin
12
Birthdate: January 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.

 3 
John Glenn
(Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth)

John Glenn
12
Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Died: December 8, 2016

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn was an astronaut, aviator, politician, and businessman. Beginning his career as an army man, he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He later joined NASA and was one of the Mercury Seven. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a politician and served in the US Senate.

 4 
Yuri Gagarin
(Cosmonaut)

Yuri Gagarin
6
Birthdate: March 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Klushino, Russia
Died: March 27, 1968
Yuri Gagarin was the first man to travel into outer space when he completed an orbit of the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 in 1961. Following this, he became a national hero in Russia. He had previously served as an Air Forces pilot. He tragically died in a MiG-15 crash.

 5 
Alan Shepard
(Astronaut, Aviator, Entrepreneur)

Alan Shepard
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Birthdate: November 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Derry
Died: July 21, 1998

Alan Shepard was an astronaut and the first American to travel into space. In 1971, Shepard became the fifth and oldest astronaut to walk on the Moon; he was 47 years and 80 days old at that time. From 1963 to 1969, he played an important role as the Chief of the Astronaut Office. His work inspired several TV series.

 6 
Jim Lovell
(Astronaut)

Jim Lovell
6
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Retired American astronaut Jim Lovell commanded the iconic Apollo 13 mission and was one of the first three human beings to fly to the Moon, orbit it, and get back to Earth. He had also been a US Navy captain. Following his retirement, Lovell launched a restaurant in Lake Forest.

 7 
Michael Collins
(NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 (the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon))

Michael Collins
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Birthdate: October 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died: April 28, 2021

Michael Collins is an American astronaut who became the fourth person to perform a spacewalk. He is also the second person to orbit the Moon alone. Collins is best known for flying the Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. In 1969, Michael Collins was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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 8 
Gus Grissom
(Astronaut)

Gus Grissom
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Birthdate: April 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States
Died: January 27, 1967

Gus Grissom was the second U.S. astronaut to fly into space. The Distinguished Flying Cross-winner had fought in World War II and the Korean War before being part of Mercury-Redstone 4 and Project Gemini. He died during a pre-launch test of the Apollo 1 mission, along with two colleagues.

 9 
Mark Kelly
(Politician, Retired astronaut)

Mark Kelly
12
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, United States

Mark Kelly is a businessman, politician, retired U.S. Navy captain, and former astronaut. He is the current junior US Senator from Arizona. As a naval aviator, he played a major role during the Gulf War where he flew combat missions after which he was chosen as a NASA Space Shuttle pilot. In 2008, he commanded the Space Shuttle mission STS-124.

 10 
Vladimir Komarov
(Test pilot)

Vladimir Komarov
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Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

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Scott Kelly
(Engineer)

Scott Kelly
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Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States

 12 
Chris Hadfield
(Retired Canadian Space Agency)

Chris Hadfield
6
Birthdate: August 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian former astronaut, engineer, and singer. Hadfield, who has served in the International Space Station as a commander, is credited with flying two Space Shuttle missions. He is also the first Canadian to successfully carry out an extravehicular activity in space. Before becoming an astronaut, he served as an Air Command fighter pilot for 25 years.

 13 
Jack Swigert
(Astronaut)

Jack Swigert
4
Birthdate: August 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Died: December 27, 1982

Jack Swigert was an American astronaut who flew to the moon and spent nearly six days in space. He was an engineer who also held a masters degree in business administration. He was involved in the infamous Apollo 15 postal covers incident. He ventured into politics with mixed fortunes.  He was elected to the US Congress but died before being sworn in.

 14 
Gordon Cooper
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)

Gordon Cooper
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Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shawnee
Died: October 4, 2004

Part of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper manned a 34-hour space mission, becoming the first American to stay for a day in space. As part of the Gemini 5 mission, he and his co-pilot proved it was possible for astronauts to survive a mission to the Moon and back.

 15 
Jonny Kim
(US Navy lieutenant and NASA astronaut.)

Jonny Kim
4
Birthdate: February 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 16 
Ronald McNair
(Physicist, Astronaut)

Ronald McNair
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lake City
Died: January 28, 1986

A doctorate in physics from MIT Cambridge, Ronald McNair worked on chemical lasers before joining NASA and in 1984 flew as a mission specialist on STS-41-B aboard Challenger, becoming the second African-American to do so. In January 1986, he was selected to fly on STS-51-L, but was killed along with rest of the crews when Challenger disintegrated soon after liftoff.

 17 
Bill Nelson
(Former United States Senator)

Bill Nelson
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 18 
John Young
(He became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972)

John Young
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Birthdate: September 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 5, 2018

 19 
Fred Haise
(Former Astronaut who is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, having flown as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13)

Fred Haise
7
Birthdate: November 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

 20 
Pete Conrad
(American NASA astronaut was the third person to walk on the Moon)

Pete Conrad
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Birthdate: June 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 8, 1999

 21 
Deke Slayton
(Astronaut)

Deke Slayton
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Birthdate: March 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sparta, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 13, 1993

 22 
Scott Carpenter
(Test pilot, Aquanaut, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator, Writer)

Scott Carpenter
5
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boulder
Died: October 10, 2013

 23 
Frank Borman
(Air force officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator)

Frank Borman
5
Birthdate: March 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gary

 24 
Dick Scobee
(Officer, Astronaut)

Dick Scobee
5
Birthdate: May 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cle Elum
Died: January 28, 1986

 25 
Wally Schirra
(NASA astronaut who became one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury)

Wally Schirra
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Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 3, 2007

 26 
Ed White
(Engineer)

Ed White
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Birthdate: November 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: January 27, 1967

 27 
Ken Mattingly
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)

Ken Mattingly
3
Birthdate: March 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

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Edgar Mitchell
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)

Edgar Mitchell
3
Birthdate: September 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: February 4, 2016

 29 
Harrison Schmitt
(Geologist)

Harrison Schmitt
5
Birthdate: July 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States

 30 
Roger B. Chaffee
(Officer, Aviator, Astronaut)

Roger B. Chaffee
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Birthdate: February 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: January 27, 1967

 31 
Eugene Cernan
(Former Astronaut who became the eleventh man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission)

Eugene Cernan
7
Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 16, 2017

Timothy Peake
5
Birthdate: April 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chichester

Michael J. Smith
3
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: January 28, 1986

 34 
Alan Bean
(American naval officer and aviator who was the fourth person to walk on the Moon)

Alan Bean
5
Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wheeler, Texas, United States
Died: May 26, 2018

 35 
Guion Bluford
(Aerospace Engineer)

Guion Bluford
5
Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 36 
Richard Garriott
(Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer, Programmer)

Richard Garriott
5
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge

 37 
Rakesh Sharma
(Astronaut, Military personnel)

Rakesh Sharma
5
Birthdate: January 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Patiala

 38 
Charles Duke
(Air force officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Fighter pilot, Flight instructor, Aviator, Businessperson)

Charles Duke
5
Birthdate: October 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlotte

 39 
Sergei Krikalev
(Cosmonaut)

Sergei Krikalev
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Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 40 
Mark Shuttleworth
(Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist)

Mark Shuttleworth
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Birthdate: September 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Welkom

Mark Shuttleworth is a South African-British entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Canonical, the company that developed the popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. Mark Shuttleworth became the first African from an independent country and the first South African to travel to space; he traveled as a space tourist in 2002.

 41 
Rick Husband
(Astronaut)

Rick Husband
3
Birthdate: July 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

 42 
Charles Bolden
(Astronaut)

Charles Bolden
5
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

 43 
Ellison Onizuka
(Astronaut, engineer, and USAF test pilot from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C)

Ellison Onizuka
5
Birthdate: June 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

 44 
Gregory Jarvis
(Engineer, Astronaut, Officer)

Gregory Jarvis
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Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: January 28, 1986

 45 
Leland D. Melvin
(Astronaut)

Leland D. Melvin
5
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

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Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor
3
Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor went from being an orthopaedic surgeon to becoming the first Malaysian man to fly into space. Chosen out of 11,000 applicants to join the Malaysian-Russian collaborative space initiative Angkasawan, he became a national hero. He also conducted various medical research experiments while in space.

 47 
James Irwin
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)

James Irwin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: August 8, 1991

 48 

Christopher Cassidy
3
Birthdate: January 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salem

 49 
Elliot See
(Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut)

Elliot See
3
Birthdate: July 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: February 28, 1966

 50 

Bruce McCandless II
3
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 21, 2017