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Neil Kornswiet

Neil Kornswiet

  • Status: Occasional Spaceflight
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • First Flight: 01/26/2024
  • Last Flight: 01/26/2024


Neil Kornswiet, a American astronaut affiliated with the private agency Virgin Galactic, embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

Since Neil Kornswiet was a young boy in Ohio, he’s been fascinated with all things space and space travel. He watched the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches on his family’s tiny black-and-white TV; he devoured every space-related book he could get his hands on, as well as science fiction by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and others; and he was a huge fan of the 1960s TV show Lost in Space. But it was the opportunity to do legislative research for U.S. Senator John Glenn – the former Mercury astronaut –that cemented his lifelong passion for space. During their friendship, the Senator encouraged Neil to try flying airplanes and predicted that space tourism would occur during Neil’s lifetime. Now, after flying aboard ‘Galactic 06,’ space travel has forever changed the way Neil looks at the universe and his place in it, just as Glenn told him it would. Among other things, Neil is a commercial pilot with thousands of flight hours and flies his own Gulfstream G550 jet. His spacesuit displays a USA flag patch as well as a patch honoring John Glenn.

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