Top 10 Great Astronauts in the World
Here we are introducing an article about Top 10 Great Astronauts in the World. These Astronauts are popular and gained good reputation in the world. They received number of awards and honors. If you are searching about great Astronauts in the world, check out our list. The list contains male and female Astronauts. Our list covers the core details about these people. We hope that, out list will help you to get all the main information about them. Read carefully.
1. Neil Armstrong
The Neil Armstrong was known as an American astronaut, aerospace engineer, university professor, test pilot and naval aviator. He was born on 5 August 1930. Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon. He acquired his pilot’s licence before he got his driving licence. He died on 25 August 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2. Yuri Gagarin
The Yuri Gagarin (Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin) was considered as a Russian cosmonaut and Soviet pilot. He was born on 9 March 1934 in the village of Klushino, near Gzhatsk. He becomes the first human to travel into space and to orbit the earth. Gagarin was killed in a routine training exercise in the year 1968. He became an international celebrity. He won many medals as well as titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union.
3. Valentina Tereshkova
The Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space on the 16th June 1963. She is known as a retired Russian engineer, cosmonaut and politician. She was born on 6 March 1937 in the village of Maslennikovo in Tutayevsky District, Yaroslavl Oblast, in central Russia. She gained a number of awards and honours.
4. John Herschel Glenn
John Herschel Glenn was a United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. He was the first American to orbit the Earth and circling it three times. He was one of the Mercury Seven, military test pilots by NASA as the United States’ first astronauts. He flew the Friendship 7 mission; the first American to orbit the Earth. He also won election to the Senate in 1974 and served for 24 years until January 3, 1999. He was the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs.
5. Jim Lovell
The Jim Lovell is known as a most popular as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission. He was born on 25 March 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. Lovell is a former NASA astronaut as well as a retired captain in the United States Navy. He was considered as the first person to fly in space four times. He played a cameo role in the movie Apollo 13. He gained a number of awards.
6. Alan Shepard
The Alan Shepard was regarded as an American naval aviator, businessman, test pilot and astronaut, who was born on 18 November 1923.He completed graduation from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Shepard was the second person as well as the first American to travel into space. He obtained a fistful of awards as well as medals from his government. Besides, he also gained many awards. He was died on 21 July 1998
7. Chris Hadfield
The Chris Hadfield is regarded as a retired Canadian astronaut, who was born on 29 August 1959 in Sarnia, Ontario. The Canadian Space Agency accepted him into the Canadian astronaut program in the year 1992. He obtained popularity by playing the International Space Station’s guitar in space. He received numerous awards and special honours.
8. Jerry L. Ross
The Jerry L. Ross (Jerry Lynn Ross ) is known as a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, who was born on 20 January 1948. He is a former NASA astronaut and also a retired United States Air Force officer. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Ross received many awards and honours.
9. Valeri Polyakov
The Valeri Polyakov is regarded as a Russian former cosmonaut, who made his first flight into space aboard Soyuz TM-6 in the year 1988. He was born on 27 April 1942 in Tula, Tula Oblast, Russian SFSR. Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov is his full name. Polyakov is known as the holder of the record for the longest single spaceflight in human history. He won many awards such as Order of the Legion of Honour, Order of Lenin, Hero of the Soviet Union/Russian Federation and the Order of Parasat.
10. Sergei Krikalev
The Sergei Krikalev is considered as a Russian mechanical engineer as well as a cosmonaut, who presently working as vice president of Space Corporation Energia. Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev is his full name. He was born on 27 August 1958 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. Krikalev gained numerous awards.