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Robert S. Kimbrough

Robert S. Kimbrough

Status: Active 6/4/1967 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 11/15/2008 Last Flight: 4/23/2021 Robert Shane Kimbrough is a retired United States Army officer, and a NASA astronaut. He was part of the first group of candidates selected for NASA astronaut training following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Kimbrough is a veteran of two spaceflights, […]

Robert Satcher

Robert Satcher

Status: Retired 9/22/1965 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 11/16/2009 Last Flight: 11/16/2009 Robert Lee “Bobby” Satcher Jr. is an American physician, chemical engineer, and NASA astronaut. He became the first orthopedic surgeon in space during STS-129. He participated in 2 spacewalks during STS-129, accumulating 12hrs 19min of EVA time. Satcher holds two doctorates […]

Robert Thirsk

Robert Thirsk

Status: Retired 8/17/1953 – Nationality: Canadian Type: Government First Flight: 6/20/1996 Last Flight: 5/27/2009 Robert Brent Thirsk, OC OBC (born August 17, 1953) is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight (187 days 20 hours) and the most time spent […]

Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar

Status: Retired 12/4/1945 – Nationality: Canadian Type: Government First Flight: 1/22/1992 Last Flight: 1/22/1992 Roberta Bondar (born December 4, 1945) is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA’s head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities. […]

Roberto Vittori

Roberto Vittori

Status: Active 10/15/1964 – Nationality: Italian Type: Government First Flight: 4/25/2002 Last Flight: 5/16/2011 Roberto Vittori (born 15 October 1964 in Viterbo) is an Italian air force officer and an ESA astronaut. After graduating from the Italian Accademia Aeronautica in 1989, Vittori flew in the Italian Air Force. He then trained as a test pilot […]

Rocket Monkey

Rocket Monkey

Status: Active 5/4/2018 – Nationality: American Type: Monkey Rocket Monkey is an American web engineer and aspiring astronaut who goes bananas for rocket launches. Rocket Monkey works hard to ensure his fans get the most up-to-date information about the Space Launch Schedule. You can count on Rocket Monkey to provide the most accurate rocket launch […]

Rodolfo Neri Vela

Rodolfo Neri Vela

Status: Retired 2/19/1952 – Nationality: Mexican Type: Government First Flight: 11/27/1985 Last Flight: 11/27/1985 Rodolfo Neri Vela (born 19 February 1952) is a Mexican scientist and astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission in the year 1985. He is the first Mexican, and the second Latin American to have traveled to space.

Roger B. Chaffee

Roger B. Chaffee

Status: Lost In Training 2/15/1935 – 1/27/1967 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 2/21/1967 Last Flight: 2/21/1967 Roger Bruce Chaffee was an American naval officer, aviator, and aeronautical engineer who was a NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. Along with thirteen other pilots, Chaffee was selected to be an astronaut as part of NASA Astronaut […]

Roger K. Crouch

Roger K. Crouch

Status: Retired 9/12/1940 – Nationality: American Type: Payload Specialist First Flight: 4/4/1997 Last Flight: 7/1/1997 Roger Keith Crouch (born September 12, 1940) is an American scientist and astronaut who flew as a payload specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1997.

Roman Romanenko

Roman Romanenko

Status: Retired 8/9/1971 – Nationality: Russian Type: Government First Flight: 5/27/2009 Last Flight: 12/19/2012 Roman Yurievich Romanenko (Major, Russian Air Force; Russian: Роман Юрьевич Романенко; born August 9, 1971) is a retired cosmonaut at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Romanenko was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office […]

Ronald A. Parise

Ronald A. Parise

Status: Deceased 5/24/1951 – 5/9/2008 Nationality: American Type: Payload Specialist First Flight: 12/2/1990 Last Flight: 3/2/1995 Ronald Anthony Parise (May 24, 1951 – May 9, 2008) was an Italian American scientist who flew aboard two NASA Space Shuttle missions as a payload specialist.

Ronald Evans

Ronald Evans

Status: Deceased 11/10/1933 – 4/7/1990 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 12/7/1972 Last Flight: 12/7/1972 Ronald Ellwin Evans Jr. was an American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, also one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon. Evans was selected as an astronaut by NASA as […]

Ronald J. Garan Jr.

Ronald J. Garan Jr.

Status: Retired 10/30/1961 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 5/31/2008 Last Flight: 4/4/2011 Ronald John Garan Jr. is a NASA astronaut. After graduating from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1982, he joined the Air Force, becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1984. He became an F-16 pilot, and flew combat missions […]

Ronald J. Grabe

Ronald J. Grabe

Status: Retired 6/13/1945 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 10/3/1985 Last Flight: 6/21/1993 Ronald John Grabe is a former NASA astronaut. He has earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Liethen-Tittle Award (for Outstanding Student at the USAF […]

Ronald M. Sega

Ronald M. Sega

Status: Retired 12/4/1952 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 2/3/1994 Last Flight: 3/22/1996 Ronald “Ron” Michael Sega is professor of systems engineering and Vice President for Energy and the Environment at the Colorado State University Research Foundation, a non-profit advocacy organization supporting CSU. He is also the Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy […]

Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair

Status: Lost In Flight 10/21/1950 – 1/28/1986 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 2/3/1984 Last Flight: 1/28/1986 Ronald Erwin McNair was an American physicist and NASA astronaut. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, in which he was serving as one of three mission specialists. He is survived by […]

Rosie the Astronaut

Rosie the Astronaut

Status: Active 11/1/2019 – Nationality: Earthling Type: Non-Human First Flight: 12/20/2019 Last Flight: 12/20/2019 Rosie the Astronaut is an Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD), named after the iconic WWII character, Rosie the Riveter. It will launch aboard the Boeing Starliner for its inaugural uncrewed flight to the International Space Station and back.

Roy D. Bridges Jr.

Roy D. Bridges Jr.

Status: Retired 7/19/1943 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 7/29/1985 Last Flight: 7/29/1985 Roy Dubard Bridges Jr. is an American pilot, engineer, retired United States Air Force officer, test pilot, former NASA astronaut and the former Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and Langley Research Center. As a command pilot, he has […]

Rusty Schweickart

Rusty Schweickart

Status: Retired 10/25/1935 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 3/3/1969 Last Flight: 3/3/1969 Russell Louis “Rusty” Schweickart is an American aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut, research scientist, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as well as a former business executive and government executive. Selected in 1963 for NASA’s third astronaut group, he […]

S. David Griggs

S. David Griggs

Status: Died While In Active Service 9/7/1939 – 6/17/1989 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 4/12/1985 Last Flight: 4/12/1985 Stanley David Griggs was a United States Navy officer and a NASA astronaut. He is credited with conducting the first unscheduled extra-vehicular activity of the space program during Space Shuttle mission STS-51-D. Griggs was killed when […]

Salizhan Sharipov

Salizhan Sharipov

Status: Retired 8/24/1964 – Nationality: Kyrgyzstan Type: Government First Flight: 1/23/1998 Last Flight: 10/14/2004 Salizhan Shakirovich Sharipov (Russian: Салижан Шакирович Шарипов) (born 24 August 1964) is a Kyrgyzstani cosmonaut. Sharipov is a co-author and investigator for the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity project. He has been to space twice (launched from the U.S. as an […]

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Status: Deceased 5/26/1951 – 7/23/2012 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 6/18/1983 Last Flight: 10/5/1984 Sally Kristen Ride was an American astronaut, physicist, and engineer. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts […]

Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

Status: Active 4/26/1977 – Nationality: Italian Type: Government First Flight: 11/23/2014 Last Flight: 11/23/2014 Samantha Cristoforetti (born 26 April 1977 in Milan) is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours), and until June […]

Samuel T. Durrance

Samuel T. Durrance

Status: Retired 9/17/1943 – Nationality: American Type: Payload Specialist First Flight: 12/2/1990 Last Flight: 3/2/1995 Samuel Thornton Durrance (Ph.D.) is an American scientist who flew aboard two NASA Space Shuttle missions as a payload specialist.

Sandra Magnus

Sandra Magnus

Status: Retired 10/30/1964 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 10/7/2002 Last Flight: 7/8/2011 Sandra Hall Magnus is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She returned to Earth with the crew of STS-119 Discovery on March 28, 2009, after having spent 134 days in orbit. She was assigned to the crew of STS-135, […]