Astronauts In Space
Our courageous astronauts exploring the unknown realm of space.
Anna Lee Fisher (born August 24, 1949) is an American chemist, emergency physician, and a NASA astronaut. Formerly married to fellow astronaut Bill Fisher, and the mother of two children, in 1984 she became the first mother in space. Fisher is the oldest active American astronaut. During her career at NASA, she has been involved with three major programs: the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Orion project. Source: Wikipedia
Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926–1967), better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida.
"Freedom 7"' Displayed in Air and Space Building
Astronaut Alan Shepard peers inside the Mercury "'Freedom 7"' spacecraft which he flew on May 5, 1961. The spacecraft was presented to the Smithsonian on October 23, 1961, and placed on display in the Aircraft Building (aka Quonset Hut) in the South Yard by the Smithsonian Castle. Source: Smithsonian Institution Archives
Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched on the first mission to land humans on the Moon. Launched atop a Saturn V rocket, this spacecraft, the command module "Columbia," carried astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the Moon and back.
Apollo 11 Astronaut Edwin Aldrin Prepares for Weightless Conditions
In preparation of the nation's first lunar landing mission, Apollo 11 crew members underwent training to practice activities they would be performing during the mission. In this photograph, astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, donned in his space suit, gets in more time under weightless conditions aboard a KC-135 aircraft from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
We will always remember. STS-107: Columbia. Feb 1, 2003. Top row, from left: David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; and Michael P. Anderson, payload commander. Bottom row, from left: Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist from the Israeli Space Agency. Image Credit: NASA