Astronauts

Meet the exceptional people that have ventured into space.


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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 o…

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Andreas Mogensen
Danish

Andreas Enevold Mogensen (born November 2, 1976) is a Danish engineer and astronaut. He was the first Dane to fly in space as part of the iriss progr…

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David Mackay
British

Astronaut David William Donald Mackay AFC is the British Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic, and a former RAF test pilot. He is the first native-born Sc…

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Jean-François Clervoy
French

Jean-François André Clervoy (born 19 November 1958) is a French engineer and a CNES and ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle mi…

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Léopold Eyharts
French

Léopold Eyharts (born April 28, 1957) is a French Brigadier General in the French Air Force, an engineer and ESA astronaut.

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Luca Parmitano
Italian

Luca Parmitano (born 27 September 1976 in Paternò, Sicily) is an Italian engineer and astronaut in the European Astronaut Corps for the European Spac…

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Matthias Maurer
German

Maurer applied to the European Space Agency as an astronaut in 2008, but was not initially appointed to the European Astronaut Corps. He formally joi…

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Roberto Vittori
Italian

Roberto Vittori (born 15 October 1964 in Viterbo) is an Italian air force officer and an ESA astronaut. After graduating from the Italian Accademia A…

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Samantha Cristoforetti
Italian

Samantha Cristoforetti (born 26 April 1977 in Milan) is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She holds t…

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Atlas V 511
Success
2 days, 9 hours ago
USSF-8
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 directly to a near-geosync…


Falcon 9
Success
5 days, 2 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-6
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 49 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2D
Success
1 week ago
Shiyan 13
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Chinese satellite declared for technological demonstration purposes, details TBD.


LauncherOne
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Above the Clouds
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

Mission to a 500 km circular orbit inclined at 45 degrees carrying eight R&D satellites from US government agencies with communications and navigatio…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Transporter 3 (Dedicated SSO Rideshare)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Transporter 3 mission is a dedicated rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commerci…


Falcon 9
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink Group 4-5
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 49 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Simorgh
Failure
3 weeks, 4 days ago
3 unknown payloads
Imam Khomeini Spaceport - Semnan Space Center, Islamic Republic of Iran

Three unknown research payloads are reported to have been sent into space, according to the Iranian Ministry of Defense. However, no new objects are …


Long March 3
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
TJSW-9
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Chinese classified satellite claimed to be for communication technology test purposes. Actual mission not known.


Long March 2D
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Tianhui 4
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Chinese cartography satellite, details TBD.


Angara A5/Persey
Failure
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Dummy payload
35/1 - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

This is the third test flight of Angara A5 launch vehicle and its first flight with Persey upper stage. Since it's a test flight, the rocket carries …