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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Chen Dong
Chinese

Chen Dong (simplified Chinese: 陈冬; traditional Chinese: 陳冬; pinyin: Chén Dōng; born 12 December 1978) is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as ...

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David Saint-Jacques
Canadian

David Saint-Jacques is a Canadian astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). He was also an engineer, an astrophysicist, and a physician prio...

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Fei Junlong
Chinese

Major general Fei Junlong (simplified Chinese: 费俊龙; traditional Chinese: 費俊龍; pinyin: Fèi Jùnlóng; born 1965) is a Chinese military pilot and an as...

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Hazza Al Mansouri
Emirati

Hazza Al Mansouri is one of the first two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates.

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Jeremy Hansen
Canadian

Jeremy Roger Hansen is a Canadian astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). He was selected to join the CSA in the 2009 CSA selection.

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Jing Haipeng
Chinese

Jing Haipeng (simplified Chinese: 景海鹏; traditional Chinese: 景海鵬; pinyin: Jǐng Hǎipéng; born October 24, 1966) is a Chinese pilot and astronaut sele...

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Kimiya Yui
Japanese

Kimiya Yui is a Japanese astronaut from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He was selected for the agency in 2009.

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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.