Astronauts

Meet the exceptional people that have ventured into space.


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Aidyn Aimbetov
Kazakh

Aimbetov was selected to the first Kazakh cosmonaut class in 2002, along with Mukhtar Aimakhanov, out of a pool of 2,000 candidates. From 2003 to 2...

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Akihiko Hoshide
Japanese

Akihiko Hoshide is a Japanese engineer and JAXA astronaut. On August 30, 2012, Hoshide became the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space. His sp...

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Aleksandr Kaleri
Russian

Aleksandr Yuriyevich "Sasha" Kaleri (Russian: Александр Юрьевич Калери; born Jūrmala, Latvian SSR, USSR, 13 May 1956) is a Russian cosmonaut and ve...

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Aleksandr Skvortsov
Russian

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Скворцов; born May 6, 1966) is a Russian cosmonaut. He has had two spaceflight...

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Aleksey Ovchinin
Russian

Aleksey Nikolayevich Ovchinin born 28 September 1971 in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian SFSR is a Russian Air Force Major and cosmonaut, who was...

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Alexander Gerst
German

Alexander Gerst is a German European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist, who was selected in 2009 to take part in space training. He was part...

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Alexander Misurkin
Russian

Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Мисуркин) born on September 23, 1977, a major in the Russian Air Force, is a Ru...

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Alvin Drew
American

Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He has been on two spaceflights; the first was the Space Shu...

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Anatoli Ivanishin
Russian

Anatoli Alekseyevich Ivanishin (Russian: Анатолий Алексеевич Иванишин; born 15 January 1969 in Irkutsk) is a Russian cosmonaut. His first visit to ...

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Recent Launches
Long March 4
4 days, 19 hours
- Success

Kuaizhou
2 weeks, 2 days
KX-09 & TY-1-07 (Xiaoxiang-1-07) - Success

Developed by the DFH Satellite Co., the microgravity experimental satellite KX-09 (supposedly Kuxue-09) will conduct studies in microgravity. Established in August 2001, DFH Satellite Co., Ltd. is ...

Rokot / Briz-KM
2 weeks, 3 days
Geo-IK-2 N13L (Kosmos 2540) - Success

Geo-IK-2 is a Russian geodesy mission to deliver precise three-dimensional maps of the Earth’s surface and gravitational data for use in scientific studies and military applications. Using GLONASS ...

Delta IV M+(4,2)
3 weeks, 4 days
GPS III SV02 "Magellan" - Success

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (known as "tranche") of GPS III satellites.

Soyuz 2.1A
3 weeks, 4 days
Soyuz MS-14 Uncrewed - Success

Uncrewed Soyuz MS spacecraft to bring cargo to the space station. This demo flight tests a modified motion and navigation control system, as well as mating to Soyuz-2.1a rocket. The results will be...

Electron
4 weeks
Look Ma, No Hands - Success

Mission carries a satellite for the future UNSEENLABS maritime tracking constellation, a BlackSky Global-4 Earth observation satellite, and two experimental satellites for United States Air Force S...

Long March 3
4 weeks
Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) - Success

Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) is a Chinese communications satellite based upon a DFH-4E bus. The Chinasat-18 provides Ku commercial communications services with 30 Ku-band transponders, Ka broadband ...

Smart Dragon 1
1 month
Maiden Flight - Success

First launch of the new solid-fueled rocket by Chinarocket Co., Ltd., which is a commercial subsidiary of CASC. On this launch Smart Dragon 1 will also carry payloads for four private companies.

Atlas V 551
1 month, 1 week
AEHF-5 - Success

This is the fifth satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system, which is a series of communications satellites operated by the United States Air Force Space Command. It provides...

Falcon 9 Block 5
1 month, 1 week
Amos-17 - Success

Amos-17 is a multi-band high-throughput satellite which will operate from 17°E, offering Ka-band, Ku-band, and C-Band services to users in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.