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Yuri Gagarin (1934 - 1968), Soviet pilot and cosmonaut: the first man in space when his Vostok 1 spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Valentina Tereshkova (1937 - ), Soviet cosmonaut: the first woman in space - Vostok 6, 6 June, 1963.

Buzz Aldrin (1930 - ), American mechanical engineer, United States Air Force pilot and astronaut: was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11 - the spaceflight which landed the first humans on Earth's Moon on July 20, 1969.

John Glenn (1921 - ) a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator: was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space.

James Lovell, Jr. (1928 - ), NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy: the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth.

Kathryn Thornton (1952 - ), American scientist and NASA astronaut: was aboard STS-33 which deployed the Magellan spacecraft which went on to explore Venus.

Chris Hadfield (1959 - ): the first Canadian astronaut.

Dumitru Prunariu (1952 - ): first Romanian astronaut, flew aboard Soyuz 40 in 1981.

Mark Garneau (1949 - ), Canadian politician, retired military officer, astronaut and engineer: was the first Canadian in space taking part in three flights aboard NASA Space shuttles.

Roberta Bondar (1945 -) Canada's first female astronaut and first neurologist in space.

Neil Armstrong (1930 - ), American astronaut, test pilot and aerospace engineer: the first person to set foot on the Moon - Apollo 11; July 21, 1969.

Ilan Ramon (1954 - 2003), Israeli fighter pilot: first Israeli astronaut; the space shuttle payload specialist of the fatal mission of Columbia.


Astronauts and Cosmonauts
Who's Who in Space - NASA
Astronauts & Cosmonauts
Astronauts that Died on Mission - aerospaceweb.org
Astronaut Biographies - NASA
Cosmonaut Biographies - NASA
European Astronauts - European Space Agency (ESA)

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From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe - PBS
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