Famous Astronauts

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Famous Astronauts

What was their background?Alan Shepard- Enjoys the honor of being the first and so far only man in space to play golf on the moon. John Glenn- He became the first American to orbit the Earth. Before that, he had been a war hero that flew 59 combat missions in WWII.Neil Armstrong- Was 38 when he first walked on the moon. He had previously piloted the Gemini 8. He was born on August 5th, 1930 in Ohio. Buzz Aldrin- Was 39 when he first stepped foot on the moon. He had a doctorate degree and still flew in space. He was born on January 20th,1930, in New Jersey. He piloted Gemini 12 and took a 2 hour and 20 minute walk in space. Michael Collins- Was a command module pilot. He almost spent an hour and a half outside in space on a space walk. He piloted the Gemini 10. He was born on October 31st, 1930, and was 38 when he took his space walk.Sally Ride- She was born on May 26th, 1951. She grew up in Los Angeles and went to Stanford University. She recieved a Bachelor's degree for Physics and English in 1973. Christa McAuliffe- Was born Sept. 2nd, 1948. She was the first of 5 children. She tried to ride the "Challenger" into space but it exploded 73 seconds into the flight.

Famous Astronauts

What mission were they on?Alan Shepard- He was on the Mercury 7; he called it the Freedom 7.John Glenn- He was on the Mercury 6, and stayed in space for about 218 hours.Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins- They all flew on the Apollo 11.Sally Ride- She was on the "Challenger" spacecraft.Christa McAuliffe- She rode on the "Challenger" but it was a tragedy when it blew up.

Why were they important?Neil Armstrong- First man to walk on the moon.John H. Glenn- WWII and was assigned to the NASA space tank group in 1959. He flew on Mercury 6 and STS 95. He has logged 218 hours in space and was also the first man to orbit the Earth. Christa McAuliffe- She was a teacher and was also interested in space since she was young. NASA needed a teacher to fly on the space shuttle "Challenger." She got the job but was killed when it exploded 73 seconds after blast off.Alan Shepard- He played golf on the moon and was also the first American in space. He was on the Apollo 14 mission, and became the 5th person on the moon. He was the only member of the Mercury 7 to play sports on the moon. Sally Ride- She became the first American woman in space aboard the shuttle "Challenger".

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What did they accomplish?Alan Shepard- He was the first American in space. He became the fifth person to walk on the moon, and the only member of the Mercury 7 to do so. John Glenn- He became the first American to orbit the Earth. He had been a war hero who had flown 59 combat missions during WWII. Glenn orbited the Earth 3 times, totalling nearly 5 hours.Neil Armstrong- As a young man he took an active part in the Korean war. He received the Korean Service Medal. Armstrong got a bachelor's degree in auerontical engineering. He became the first person to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin- He was the second man to walk on the moon. He spent 21 hours on the moon and returned with 46 lbs of Moon rocks. He got the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Michael Collins- He became an astronaut in 1963 and piloted Gemini X in 1966.Sally Ride- In 1983 she became the first American woman in space. She was picked out of a thousand other applicants for a spot in NASA's astronaut program.Christa McAuliffe- She was a teacher who applied and successfully went to space in 1984.

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Fun facts:-What we know as an astronaut some people may know it as a "Cosmonaut". In China they call them "taikonauts" and in France "spationautes".-As of October 4, 2007, a total of 463 people from 34 countries have traveled into space. These numbers include 415 men and 48 women.-An Astronaut can be up to 2 inches taller returning from space. The cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.


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