Happy Astronaut Day & Space Day!!!

Celebrating the recent holiday to celebrate astronauts and also space. . .

National Astronaut Day & National Space Day! ! !

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A Brief History:
Likeness: The holidays are designed to celebrate both astronauts and space.

Astronaut Day: The day is celebrated because on May 5th in 1961, Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American to enter space aboard the Mercury Mission, Redstone Rocket 3, synonymous with Freedom 7 Mission Space capsule in a brief suborbital flight that only lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere.ย 

Space Day: The day is celebrated to honor the achievements, the benefits, and all of the opportunities into exploration in space, with a goal to attract and promote the subjects in education of math, science, technology, and engineering in the younger generations. The space industry needs young individuals to enter the employment field, so this inspiration to pursue their career in science and space-related jobs is very important.

Celebrated: Astronaut Day is celebrated on May 5th. Space Day is celebrated on the first Friday in May.

A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .

Astronautย  Day:
Information Courtesy NASA.gov
Current Astronauts:
All current U.S. Astronauts in alphabetic order:

A

  1. Acaba, Joseph M.โ€‹

B

  1. Barratt, Michael R.
  2. Barron, Kayla
  3. Behnken, Robert L.
  4. Boe, Eric A.
  5. Bowen, Stephen G.
  6. Bresnik, Randolph J.

C

  1. Cardman, Zena
  2. Cassada, Josh A.
  3. Chari, Raja

D

  1. Dominick, Matthew
  2. Dyson, Tracy Caldwell

E

  1. Epps, Jeanette J.

F

  1. Feustel, Andrew J.
  2. Fincke, E. Michael

G

  1. Glover, Victor J.

H

  1. Hague, Tyler N.
  2. Hines, Bob
  3. Hoburg, Warren
  4. Hopkins, Michael S.

K

  1. Kim, Jonny
  2. Kimbrough, Robert Shane
  3. Koch, Christina H.

L

  1. Lindgren, Kjell N.

M

  1. Mann, Nicole Aunapu
  2. Marshburn, Thomas H.
  3. McArthur, K. Megan
  4. McClain, Anne C.
  5. Meir, Jessica U.
  6. Moghbeli, Jasmin
  7. Morgan, Andrew R.

O

  1. O’Hara, Loral

P

  1. Pettit, Donald R.

R

  1. Rubins, Kathleen
  2. Rubio, Frank

T

  1. Tingle, Scott D..

V

  1. Vande Hei, Mark T.

W

  1. Walker, Shannon
  2. Watkins, Jessica
  3. Wheelock, Douglas H.
  4. Wilson, Stephanie D.
  5. Williams, Sunita L.
  6. Wilmore, Barry E.
  7. Wiseman, G. Reid

Former Astonauts:
All former U.S. Astronauts in alphebetic order:

A

  1. Acton, Loren W.
  2. Adamson, James C.
  3. Akers, Thomas D.
  4. Aldrin, Buzz
  5. Allen, Andrew M.
  6. Allen, Joseph P.
  7. Altman, Scott D.
  8. Anders, William A.
  9. Anderson, Clayton C.
  10. Anderson, Michael P. (Deceased)
  11. Antonelli, Dominic A.
  12. Apt, Jerome
  13. Archambault, Lee J.
  14. Armstrong, Neil A. (Deceased)
  15. Ashby, Jeffrey S.

B

  1. Bagian, James P.
  2. Baker, Ellen S.
  3. Baker, Michael A.
  4. Barry, Daniel T.
  5. Bassett, Charles A., II (Deceased)
  6. Bean, Alan L. (Deceased)
  7. Blaha, John E.
  8. Bloomfield, Michael J.
  9. Bluford, Guion S., Jr.
  10. Bobko, Karol J.
  11. Bolden, Charles F., Jr.
  12. Borman, Frank
  13. Brady, Charles E., Jr. (Deceased)
  14. Brand, Vance D.
  15. Brandenstein, Daniel C.
  16. Bridges, Roy D., Jr.
  17. Brown, Curtis L., Jr.
  18. Brown, David M. (Deceased)
  19. Brown, Mark N.
  20. Buchli, James F.
  21. Buckey, Jay Clark
  22. Bull, John S. (Deceased)
  23. Burbank, Daniel C.
  24. Bursch, Daniel W.

C

  1. Caldeiro, Fernando (Frank) (Deceased)
  2. Camarda, Charles
  3. Cameron, Kenneth D.
  4. Carey, Duane G.
  5. Carpenter, M. Scott (Deceased)
  6. Carr, Gerald (Deceased)
  7. Carter, Manley Lanier, Jr. (Deceased)
  8. Casper, John H.
  9. Cassidy, Christopher J.
  10. Cenker, Robert J.
  11. Cernan, Eugene A. (Deceased)
  12. Chaffee, Roger B. (Deceased)
  13. Chamitoff, Gregory E.
  14. Chang-Dรญaz, Franklin R.
  15. Chapman, Philip K.
  16. Chawla, Kalpana (Deceased)
  17. Chiao, Leroy
  18. Chilton, Kevin P.
  19. Clark, Laurel B. (Deceased)
  20. Cleave, Mary L.
  21. Clifford, Michael R.
  22. Coats, Michael L.
  23. Cockrell, Kenneth D.
  24. Coleman, Catherine G.
  25. Collins, Eileen M.
  26. Collins, Michael
  27. Conrad, Charles, Jr. (Deceased)
  28. Cooper, L. Gordon, Jr. (Deceased)
  29. Covey, Richard O.
  30. Creighton, John O.
  31. Crippen, Robert L.
  32. Crouch, Roger K.
  33. Culbertson, Frank L., Jr.
  34. Cunningham, Walter
  35. Curbeam, Robert L., Jr.
  36. Currie-Gregg, Nancy J.

D

  1. Davis, N. Jan
  2. Delucas, Lawrence J.
  3. Duffy, Brian
  4. Duke, Charles M., Jr.
  5. Dunbar, Bonnie J.
  6. Durrance, Samuel T.
  7. Dutton, James P.

E

  1. Edwards, Joe F., Jr.
  2. Eisele, Donn F. (Deceased)
  3. England, Anthony W.
  4. Engle, Joe H.
  5. Evans, Ronald E. (Deceased)

F

  1. Fabian, John M.
  2. Favier, Jean-Jacques
  3. Ferguson, Christopher J.
  4. Fettman, Martin J.
  5. Fischer, Jack D.
  6. Fisher, Anna L.
  7. Fisher, William F.
  8. Foale, C. Michael
  9. Ford, Kevin A.
  10. Foreman, Michael J.
  11. Fossum, Michael E.
  12. Freeman, Theodore C. (Deceased)
  13. Frick, Stephen N.
  14. Fullerton, Charles G. (Deceased)

G

  1. Gaffney, F. Drew
  2. Garan, Ronald J., Jr.
  3. Gardner, Dale A. (Deceased)
  4. Gardner, Guy S.
  5. Garn, Jake
  6. Garriott, Owen K. (Deceased)
  7. Gemar, Charles D.
  8. Gibson, Edward G.
  9. Gibson, Robert L.
  10. Givens, Edward G., Jr. (Deceased)
  11. Glenn, John H., Jr. — Deceased
  12. Godwin, Linda M.
  13. Good, Michael T.
  14. Gordon, Richard F., Jr (Deceased)
  15. Gorie, Dominic L.
  16. Grabe, Ronald J.
  17. Graveline, Duane
  18. Gregory, Frederick D.
  19. Gregory, William G.
  20. Griggs, S. David (Deceased)
  21. Grissom, Virgil I. (Deceased)
  22. Grunsfeld, John M.
  23. Gutierrez, Sidney M.

H

  1. Haise, Fred W., Jr.
  2. Halsell, James D., Jr.
  3. Ham, Kenneth T.
  4. Hammond, L. Blaine, Jr.
  5. Harbaugh, Gregory J.
  6. Harris, Bernard A., Jr.
  7. Hart, Terry J.
  8. Hartsfield, Henry W., Jr. (Deceased)
  9. Hauck, Frederick H.
  10. Hawley, Steven A.
  11. Helms, Susan J.
  12. Henize, Karl G. (Deceased)
  13. Hennen, Thomas J.
  14. Henricks, Terence T.
  15. Hernรกndez, Josรฉ M.
  16. Herrington, John B.
  17. Hieb, Richard J.
  18. Higginbotham, Joan E.
  19. Hire, Kathryn P.
  20. Hobaugh, Charles O.
  21. Hoffman, Jeffrey A.
  22. Holmquest, Donald L.
  23. Horowitz, Scott J.
  24. Hughes-Fulford, Millie
  25. Hurley, Douglas G.
  26. Husband, Rick D. (Deceased)

I

  1. Irwin, James B. (Deceased)
  2. Ivins, Marsha, S.

J

  1. Jarvis, Gregory (Deceased)
  2. Jemison, Mae C.
  3. Jernigan, Tamara E.
  4. Johnson, Gregory C.
  5. Johnson, Gregory H.
  6. Jones, Thomas D.

K

  1. Kadenyuk, Leonid K.
  2. Kavandi, Janet L.
  3. Kelly, Mark E.
  4. Kelly, Scott J.
  5. Kerwin, Joseph P.
  6. Kilrain, Susan L.
  7. Kopra, Timothy L.
  8. Kregel, Kevin R.
  9. Kulin, Robb

L

  1. Lawrence, Wendy B.
  2. Lee, Mark C.
  3. Leestma, David C.
  4. Lenoir, William B. (Deceased)
  5. Leslie, Fred W.
  6. Lichtenberg, Byron K.
  7. Lind, Don L.
  8. Lindsey, Steven W.
  9. Linenger, Jerry M.
  10. Linteris, Gregory T.
  11. Llewellyn, John A.
  12. Lockhart, Paul S.
  13. Lopez-Alegria, Michael E.
  14. Loria, Christopher J.
  15. Lounge, John M. (Deceased)
  16. Lousma, Jack R.
  17. Lovell, James A., Jr.
  18. Low, G. David (Deceased)
  19. Lu, Edward T.
  20. Lucid, Shannon W.

M

  1. Magnus, Sandra H.
  2. Malerba, Franco
  3. Massimino, Michael J.
  4. Mastracchio, Richard A.
  5. Mattingly, Thomas K., II
  6. McArthur, William S., Jr.
  7. McAuliffe, S. Christa (Deceased)
  8. McBride, Jon A.
  9. McCandless, Bruce (Deceased)
  10. McCool, William C. (Deceased)
  11. McCulley, Michael J.
  12. McDivitt, James A.
  13. McMonagle, Donald R.
  14. McNair, Ronald E. (Deceased)
  15. Meade, Carl J.
  16. Melnick, Bruce E.
  17. Melvin, Leland D.
  18. Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dorothy M.
  19. Michel, F. Curtis (Deceased)
  20. Mitchell, Edgar D. (Deceased)
  21. Morgan, Barbara R.
  22. Mukai, Chiaki
  23. Mullane, Richard M.
  24. Musgrave, Story

N

  1. Nagel, Steven R. (Deceased)
  2. Nelson, George D.
  3. Newman, James H.
  4. Noriega, Carlos I.
  5. Nowak, Lisa M.
  6. Nyberg, Karen L.

O

  1. O’Connor, Bryan D.
  2. Ochoa, Ellen
  3. Oefelein, William A.
  4. O’Leary, Brian T. (Deceased)
  5. Olivas, John D.
  6. Onizuka, Ellison S. (Deceased)
  7. Oswald, Stephen S.
  8. Overmyer, Robert F. (Deceased)

P

  1. Pailes, William A.
  2. Parazynski, Scott E.
  3. Parise, Ronald A. (Deceased)
  4. Parker, Robert A. R.
  5. Patrick, Nicholas J. M.
  6. Pawelczyk, James A.
  7. Payton, Gary E.
  8. Peterson, Donald H. (Deceased)
  9. Phillips, John L.
  10. Pogue, William R. (Deceased)
  11. Poindexter, Alan G. (Deceased)
  12. Polansky, Mark L.
  13. Precourt, Charles J.

R

  1. Ramon, Ilan (Deceased)
  2. Readdy, William F.
  3. Reightler, Kenneth S., Jr.
  4. Reilly, James F.
  5. Reisman, Garrett E.
  6. Resnik, Judith A. (Deceased)
  7. Richards, Richard N.
  8. Ride, Sally K. (Deceased)
  9. Robertson, Patricia C. (Hilliard) (Deceased)
  10. Robinson, Stephen K.
  11. Rominger, Kent V.
  12. Roosa, Stuart A. (Deceased)
  13. Ross, Jerry L.
  14. Runco, Mario, Jr.

S

  1. Sacco, Jr., Albert
  2. Satcher, Robert L., Jr.
  3. Schirra, Walter M., Jr. (Deceased)
  4. Schmitt, Harrison H.
  5. Schweickart, Russell L.
  6. Scobee, Francis R. (Deceased)
  7. Scott, David R.
  8. Scott, Winston E.
  9. Scully-Power, Paul D.
  10. Searfoss, Richard A. (Deceased)
  11. Seddon, Margaret Rhea
  12. See, Elliot M., Jr. (Deceased)
  13. Sega, Ronald M.
  14. Sellers, Piers J. (Deceased)
  15. Shaw, Brewster H., Jr.
  16. Shepard, Alan B., Jr. (Deceased)
  17. Shepherd, William M.
  18. Shriver, Loren J.
  19. Slayton, Donald K. (Deceased)
  20. Smith, Michael J. (Deceased)
  21. Smith Steven L.
  22. Spring, Sherwood C.
  23. Springer, Robert C.
  24. Stafford, Thomas P.
  25. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Heidemarie M.
  26. Stewart, Robert L.
  27. Stott, Nicole P.
  28. Sturckow, Frederick W.
  29. Sullivan, Kathryn D.
  30. Swanson, Steven R.
  31. Swigert, John L., Jr. (Deceased)

T

  1. Tani, Daniel M.
  2. Tanner, Joseph R.
  3. Thagard, Norman E.
  4. Thomas, Andrew S.W.
  5. Thomas, Donald A.
  6. Thorne, Stephen D. (Deceased)
  7. Thornton, Kathryn C.
  8. Thornton, William E. (Deceased)
  9. Trinh, Eugene H.
  10. Truly, Richard H.

V

  1. Van Den Berg, Lodewijk
  2. Van Hoften, James D. A.
  3. Veach, Charles Lacy (Deceased)
  4. Virts, Terry W., Jr.
  5. Voss, James S.
  6. Voss, Janice E. (Deceased)

W

  1. Walheim, Rex J.
  2. Walker, Charles D.
  3. Walker, David M. (Deceased)
  4. Walz, Carl E.
  5. Wang, Taylor
  6. Weber, Mary E.
  7. Weitz, Paul J. (Deceased)
  8. Wetherbee, James D.
  9. White, Edward H., II (Deceased)
  10. Whitson, Peggy A.
  11. Williams, Clifton C., Jr. (Deceased)
  12. Williams, Donald E. (Deceased)
  13. Wisoff, Peter J. K.
  14. Wolf, David A.
  15. Woodward III, Neil W.
  16. Worden, Alfred M.

Y

  1. Young, John W. (Deceased)

Z

  1. Zamka, George D.

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The Present:
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The Future:
It is up to the upcoming youth to keep it going, and for it to last into the years to come. . .

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