Norman Thagard

Norman Thagard

Name Norman Thagard
Profession Astronaut
Date of Birth 1943-07-03
Place of Birth Marianna, FL
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Birth Sign Cancer

About Norman Thagard

Considered the first American cosmonaut because he was the first American to get to space via a Russian spacecraft.

Early Life of Norman Thagard

He earned a degree in medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.

Trivia

He served on five space missions, conducting research aboard the Mir Space Station on his last mission.

Family Life

He married and had three children.

Associated With

He visited the Mir Space Station, as did Helen Sharman.

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Nancy Jan Davis

Nancy Jan Davis

Name Nancy Jan Davis
Profession Astronaut
Date of Birth 1953-11-01
Place of Birth Cocoa Beach, FL
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Birth Sign Scorpio

About Nancy Jan Davis

Engineer who flew on three spaceflights, including the 50th Space Shuttle mission.

Early Life of Nancy Jan Davis

She graduated from Auburn University.

Trivia

She flew as mission specialist on her first two missions and payload commander on her third.

Family Life

Her first marriage was to fellow astronaut Mark C. Lee.

Associated With

She was a female astronaut like Sally Ride.

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Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman

Name Helen Sharman
Profession Astronaut
Date of Birth 1970-01-01
Place of Birth England
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Birth Sign Gemini

About Helen Sharman

British chemist and astronaut who was the first Briton to go to space and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station. She was selected as part of the Project Juno project.

Early Life of Helen Sharman

She worked as an engineer and chemist for Mars Incorporated.

Trivia

She was the fifth youngest person to fly in space as of 2007, having only been 27 years old when she went on her mission.

Family Life

She was born in Sheffield, where she received a star on the Sheffield Walk of Fame.

Associated With

After her mission was cancelled, Mikhail Gorbachev insisted it proceed as planned.

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Walter Cunningham

Walter Cunningham

Name Walter Cunningham
Profession Astronaut
Date of Birth 1932-03-16
Place of Birth Creston, IA
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Birth Sign Pisces

About Walter Cunningham

Astronaut who flew on the Apollo 7 mission, which was the first manned flight to the moon. He was a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

Early Life of Walter Cunningham

He completed work for a PhD in physics but failed to complete his thesis, instead becoming a researcher for NASA.

Trivia

He was in the backup crew for Apollo 1, a shuttle that exploded before takeoff.

Family Life

He was born in the town of Creston.

Associated With

Unlike Fred Haise and most of the other NASA pilots, he was a civilian.

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Virgil Gus Grissom

Virgil Gus Grissom

Name Virgil Gus Grissom
Profession Astronaut
Date of Birth 1926-04-03
Place of Birth Mitchell, IN
Age 40 yrs
Death Date 1967-01-27
Birth Sign Aries

About Virgil Gus Grissom

The second American in space, who later died in the Apollo I fire. He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor posthumously.

Early Life of Virgil Gus Grissom

He was a Boy Scout, as well as newspaper boy and meat market worker.

Trivia

He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and one of the original seven Right Stuff astronauts.

Family Life

He married Betty Moore on July 6, 1945 while on military leave.

Associated With

He and Alan Shepard were part of the Mercury Seven, a team of NASA’s first astronauts.

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