25MAY 2020
Astronaut in diapers

Astronaut in diapers

The official NASA portrait of astronaut Lisa M. Nowak, mission specialist. NASA hide caption toggle caption NASA The official NASA portrait of astronaut Lisa M. Nowak, mission specialist. NASA Shuttle pilot William Bill Oefelein at the Kennedy Space Center in December 2006. NASA hide caption toggle caption NASA Shuttle pilot William Bill Oefelein at the Kennedy Space Center…

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21MAY 2020
First American astronaut to Orbit the Earth

First American astronaut to Orbit the Earth

Null Historians descriptions of the time describe a mood that seems almost alien now: a nation of people fearful of Soviet attack (the Cuban missile crisis would happen eight months later), glued to their black-and-white TV sets, watching a man in a silver spacesuit climb into a tiny capsule and disappear…
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17MAY 2020
Qualifications for an astronaut

Qualifications for an astronaut

So what skills and qualifications do you need to become an astronaut? Growing up, I often heard the answer “perfect vision and a physics degree”. While this response is slightly simplistic, it’s not far off the mark. Peake, who sets off on his space mission at 11.03am GMT on 15 December, had logged more…
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13MAY 2020
List of astronauts

List of astronauts

The 31 NASA astronauts educated at MIT are listed below, in order of their selection by NASA. David R. Scott (SM and EAA in aeronautics and astronautics, 1962), chosen by NASA in 1963, was the first MIT graduate to fly in space as pilot of Gemini 8, which performed the first docking of two spacecraft…
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09MAY 2020
Astronaut Senator

Astronaut Senator

Astronaut / U.S. Senator John Glenn, Jr. circled Earth on the Mercury 6 space mission in 1962, becoming the first American to make a complete Earth orbit. John Glenn was a fighter pilot in both World War II and the Korean War. He became one of America s original seven Mercury astronauts and orbited Earth…
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05MAY 2020
Astronaut Food NASA

Astronaut Food NASA

When NASA wanted to expand on the solid foods consumed during the Mercury and Gemini programs, they looked to Pillsbury food scientists to come up with a high-energy alternative to what was then the almost universally despised standard: gelatin-covered cubes. The Space Food Stick eventually made its…
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01MAY 2020
BBC Astronaut

BBC Astronaut

Since 1975, when Esa was established, 28 astronauts have been recruited. Fifteen of them are still active. What skills and personality traits did the successful candidates have in common? All but three Esa astronauts – past and present – have studied a type of engineering or physics. The exceptions to…

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