Astronauts

Meet the exceptional people that have ventured into space.


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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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Pavel Vinogradov
Russian

Pavel Vladimirovich Vinogradov (Russian: Павел Владимирович Виноградов; born August 31, 1953 in Magadan, USSR) is a cosmonaut and former commander ...

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Randolph Bresnik
American

Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik is an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selec...

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Richard R. Arnold
American

Richard Robert "Ricky" Arnold II is an American educator and a NASA astronaut. He flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-119, which launched March 15, 2...

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Ripley
Earthling

Ripley is an Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD), named as a homage to Sigourney Weaver's character in the Alien movies franchise, launched aboard th...

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Robert L. Behnken
American

Robert Louis "Bob" Behnken is a United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut and former Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a Ph.D in M...

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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...

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Robert S. Kimbrough
American

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 NAS...

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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 ...

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Pegasus XL
Success
2 days, 19 hours ago
Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)
Cape Canaveral - Air launch to orbit

Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a NASA mission to study Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere and the connection between space weather and ...


Proton-M Briz-M
Success
4 days, 10 hours ago
Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV-1
200/39 (200L) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Eutelsat 5 West B will replace the Ku-band capacity of Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly Stellat 5) satellite, a key digital infrastructure addressing pr...


Long March 4
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Gaofen-10R
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
EKS 3 (Tundra 3) (Kosmos 2541)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


Soyuz
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Soyuz MS-15
1/5 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-15 begins expedition 61 by carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali ...


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Yunhai-1-02
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and...


H-IIB
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Kounotori 8 (HTV-8)
Osaki Y LP2 - Tanegashima, Japan

Uncrewed cargo resupply mission to International Space Station.


Long March 3B / YZ-1
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Beidou-3 M23 & M24
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.


Long March 11
Success
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Long March 11
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 4
Success
1 month ago
Long March 4
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China