Astronauts

Meet the exceptional people that have ventured into space.


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Nicole Aunapu Mann
American

Nicole Victoria Aunapu Mann is an American test pilot and NASA astronaut. She is an F/A-18 Hornet pilot, and a graduate of the US Naval Academy, St...

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Nie Haisheng
Chinese

Nie Haisheng is a Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut. In 1998, he was selected for the Chinese spaceflight program and was one of three c...

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Norishige Kanai
Japanese

Norishige Kanai, M.D. is a Japanese doctor and JAXA astronaut. He is a lieutenant and Diving Medical Officer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense ...

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Oleg Artemyev
Russian

Oleg Germanovich Artemyev (Russian: Олег Германович Артемьев) is a Russian Cosmonaut for the Russian Federal Space Agency. He was selected as part ...

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Oleg Kononenko
Russian

Oleg Dmitriyevich Kononenko (Russian: Олег Дмитриевич Кононенко) is a Russian cosmonaut. He has flown to the International Space Station three time...

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Oleg Novitskiy
Russian

Oleg Viktorovich Novitskiy, lieutenant colonel in the Russian Air Force, is a Russian cosmonaut. Novitskiy was selected as a cosmonaut in 2006.B...

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Oleg Skripochka
Russian

Oleg Ivanovich Skripochka (Russian: Оле́г Ива́нович Скри́почка; born 24 December 1969 in Nevinnomyssk, Stavropol Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is ...

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Paolo Nespoli
Italian

Paolo Angelo Nespoli (Milan, 6 April 1957) is an Italian astronaut and engineer of the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2007, he first traveled into...

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Patrick G. Forrester
American

Patrick Graham Forrester is a retired United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Army, Forrester ...

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Recent Launches
Electron
9 hours, 23 minutes
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
9 hours, 32 minutes
Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) - In Flight

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
2 days, 17 hours
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 week, 4 days
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 week, 5 days
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.

Ariane 5 ECA
1 week, 6 days
EDRS-C & HYLAS 3 - Success

EDRS-C is one of the two EDRS (European Data Relay System) satellites. EDRS is the European constellation of two geostationary data relay satellites that will relay information and data between sat...

Proton-M Briz-M
1 week, 6 days
Blagovest №14L (Kosmos 2539) - Success

The fourth and final of four Blagovest communication satellites. It is a high throughput communications satellite used for high speed internet services, TV, radio broadcasting and voice/video netwo...

Soyuz 2.1A
2 weeks, 5 days
Progress MS-12 (73P) - Success

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.

Soyuz 2.1A
2 weeks, 6 days
Meridian-M №18 - Success

The Meridian series of communications satellites is reported to be the replacement for all the Molniya-1T, the Molniya-3 and Molniya-3K satellite series and possibly also for the communication comp...

MOMO
3 weeks, 2 days
Flight 4 - Failure

The Momo-4 rocket will carry a research device developed by Kochi University of Technology and release a paper plane in space as part of an experiment proposed by Castem Co., a precision parts manu...