April 12th, 2011
|wings_on_flames||11:00 pm - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the First Manned Spaceflight and a New Year|
Since today was the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight and we haven't had any posts this year, I thought why not commemorate it with various handsome and heroic astronauts.
Yuri Gagarin (1934 - 1968)
Yuri was a cosmonaut for the Soviet Union and was the first person to journey into Space, completing an orbit of Earth on April 12, 1961. The Cosmonaut Training Centre outside of Moscow where he was deputy training director is named after him.
Deke Slayton (1924 - 1993)
Deke was one of the original members of the Mercury Seven but was grounded due to a heart murmur. At age 51, he became the oldest person journey into Space. He was selected as docking module pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, designed to allow a docking between the American Apollo spacecraft and the Soyuz spacecraft of the Soviet Union.
Karl Gordon Henize (1926 - 1993)
Karl was in the astronaut support crew for Apllo 15 and Skylab 2/3/4. As a mission specialist on the Spacelab-2 mission (STS-51-F), he flew on Space Shuttle Challenger in July/August 1985. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1974. Also an astronomer, Nebula Henize 206 was first catalogued in the early 1950s by Dr. Henize.
Edward Higgins White (1930 - 1967)
On June 3, 1965, Edward became the first American to "walk" in space. He died along with fellow astronauts Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the first manned Apollo mission at Cape Kennedy. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his Gemini 4 spaceflight and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. The star Iota Ursae Majoris was nicknamed "Dnoces" ("Second", as in "Edward Higgins White the Second", spelled backwards). White Hill, 11.2 km (7.0 mi) northwest of Columbia Memorial Station on Mars, is a part of the Apollo 1 Hills.
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (1926 - 1967)
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 person to fly in space twice. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, posthumously, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Roger B. Chaffee (1935 - 1967)
Roger was an American aeronautical engineer, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and a NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. Chaffee was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart and the United States Navy Air Medal. The crater Chaffee on the far side of the Moon. Chaffee Hill, 14.3 km (8.9 mi) south-southwest of Columbia Memorial Station on Mars, part of the Apollo 1 Hills. he star Gamma Velorum was nicknamed "Regor" ("Roger" spelled backwards).
Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee (1939 - 1986)
Dick Scobee was an American astronaut who was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission. On July 9, 1994, the San Antonio College Planetarium facility was rededicated The Scobee Planetarium. In 2004, Scobee was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. He was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
Ronald Ervin McNair, Ph.D. (1950-1986)
Ronald was a physicist and NASA astronaut. In 1978 McNair was selected as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the NASA astronaut program. He flew on STS-41-B aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist becoming the second African American to fly in space. McNair died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L. The crater McNair on the Moon is named in his honor. In Florence, South Carolina, there is a Ronald McNair Math and Science Center at the Francis Marion University. The Jean Michel Jarre track Last Rendez-Vous was retitled Ron's Piece in his honour. McNair was originally due to record the track in space aboard Challenger, and then perform it via a live link up in Jarre's Rendez-vous Houston concert.
Ellison Shoji Onizuka (1946 - 1986)
Ellison was the first Asian American to reach Space. He successfully flew with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C, before losing his life to the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, where he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, a shuttlecraft carried aboard the starship Enterprise bears his name, as seen in the three episodes "The Ensigns of Command", "The Mind's Eye" and "The Outcast."
Richard Douglas Husband (1957 - 2003)
Rick Husband was a United States Air Force Colonel, an astronaut, and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 (Columbia) who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Husband is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Asteroid 51823 Rickhusband and Husband Hill, one of the Columbia Hills on Mars, are named in his honor.
Ilan Ramon (1954 - 2003)
Ilan Ramon was a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, and later the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon was the space shuttle payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal mission of Columbia. Ilan Ramon is the only foreign recipient of the United States Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Ramon Hill, in Columbia Hills, Mars is named in his honor.
William Cameron "Willie" McCool (1961 - 2003)
Willie McCool was a United States Navy Commander, NASA astronaut and the Space Shuttle pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. His favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon, which was played during the space mission. His favorite band was Radiohead, and the song "Fake Plastic Trees" was played by mission control as a wake-up call.
Michael Philip Anderson (1959 - 2003)
Michael Anderson was a United States Colonel (USAF) and NASA astronaut, who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Prior to the final launch of the Columbia, Anderson stated: "There's always that unknown." The Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal are among several decorations he received posthumously.
David McDowell Brown (1956 - 2003)
David McDowell Brown was a United States Naval Captain and a NASA astronaut. He died on his first space flight, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrated during orbital reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Brown became an astronaut in 1996, but had not served on a space mission prior to the Columbia disaster. Asteroid 51825 Davidbrown was named after Brown.
If any members have other astronauts they'd like to share with the rest of us, please do so! :)
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