As of June 15, 2010, a total of 518 humans from 38 countries
have gone into space according to the FAI guideline, (524 people
have qualified when including the Department of Defense
classification). Of those totals, 3 people completed only a
sub-orbital flight, 515 people reached Earth orbit, 24 traveled
beyond low Earth orbit and 12 walked on the Moon.
Names in italic are space travelers who have left Low
A * before a name indicates that the person died during
Joseph M. Acaba
Viktor M. Afanasyev
Toyohiro Akiyama, the first business-sponsored space traveler
and the first Japanese in space.
Sultan Salman Al Saud, first Saudi Arabian in space, only royal
person in space, first middle eastern person in space.
Edwin Buzz Aldrin (born 1930), flew on Apollo 11 and was
the second person to walk on the Moon.
Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov
Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov
Andrew M. Allen
Joseph P. Allen
William Anders, first Asian-born person in space.
(Anders was born in Hong Kong, but was an American citizen.)
*Michael P. Anderson, (1959-2003), died in the Space Shuttle
Anousheh Ansari (born 1966), fourth spaceflight participant and
first female spaceflight participant, first female Muslim in space,
and first Iranian in space.
Dominic A. Antonelli
Neil Armstrong (born 1930), flew on Apollo 11 and was
the first person to walk on the Moon.
Richard R. Arnold
Yuri Artyukhin (1930-1998)
Toktar Aubakirov, first Kazakh born person in space.
John-David F. Bartoe
Yuri Baturin, first Russian politician in space.
Patrick Baudry, first African-born man and second Frenchman in
Alan Bean, flew on Apollo 12 and was the fourth person
to walk on the Moon.
Robert L. Behnken
Ivan Bella, first Slovak in space.
Pavel Belyayev (1925-1970)
Georgi Beregovoi (1921-1995), earliest-born person to go into
Brian Binnie, second commercial (launched by a private company)
astronaut. Suborbital flight only.
Michael J. Bloomfield
Guion Bluford, first African-American in space.
Karol Bobko, first graduate of the United States Air Force
Academy to become an astronaut.
Eric A. Boe
Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman in space.
Frank Borman, commander of Apollo 8, the first
spaceflight to orbit the Moon.
Stephen G. Bowen
Charles Brady (1951-2006)
Roy Bridges. Became Director of the Kennedy Space Center in
*David M. Brown (1956-2003)
Valery Bykovsky (born 1934)
Scott Carpenter, a Project Mercury astronaut.
Sonny Carter, (1947-1991)
Christopher J. Cassidy, 500th astronaut in space.
Gene Cernan, flew on Apollo 17
Franklin Chang-Diaz, the only Costa Rican, first
Hispanic-American in space, holder of the shared record of seven
*Kalpana Chawla (1961-2003), first Indian-American woman in
space, died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Jean-Loup Chrétien, first French person in space and first
non-Soviet European to walk in space
*Laurel B. Clark (1961-2003), died in the Space Shuttle
Catherine Coleman (born 1960)
Michael Collins (born 1930), flew on Apollo 11 crew. Was
the first Italian-born person in space. (Collins was born in Rome
to American parents.)
Pete Conrad, Apollo 12, (1930-1999), the third person to
walk on the Moon and the commander of the first Skylab
Gordon Cooper (1927-2004), the first American to fly in space
for a day.
Robert Crippen, Space Shuttle pioneer
Walter Cunningham, flew on Apollo 7.
Nancy Jan Davis
Lawrence J. DeLucas
Frank De Winne
Vladimir N. Dezhurov
*Georgi Dobrovolski (1928-1971)
Takao Doi, first Japanese to walk in space.
B. Alvin Drew
Charles Duke, flew on Apollo 16.
Bonnie J. Dunbar
Pedro Duque, first Spaniard in space.
Samuel T. Durrance
Lev Dyomin (1926-1998)
Vladimir Dzhanibekov, first Uzbekistan-born man in space
Donn F. Eisele (1930-1987), flew on Apollo 7.
Anthony W. England
Joseph H. Engle
Ronald Evans (1933-1990)
Muhammed Faris, first Syrian in space.
Bertalan Farkas, first Hungarian in space.
Fèi Jùnlóng, flew on Shenzhou 6
Konstantin Feoktistov (1926-2009)
Martin J. Fettman
Andrew J. Feustel
William Frederick Fisher
Michael Foale, holds the American and British Record for time
spent in space at 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes.
Kevin A. Ford
Dirk Frimout, first Belgian in space.
Christer Fuglesang, first Swede in space.
Reinhard Furrer (1940-1995)
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), first person in space.
Jake Garn, a United States Senator and first politician in
Marc Garneau, first Canadian in space.
Richard Garriott, first second generation American in space,
son of skylab astronaut, Owen Garriott.
Robert L. Gibson
Yuri Glazkov (1939-2008)
John Glenn (born 1921), first American to orbit the Earth, and
later, the oldest person to make a spaceflight.
Michael T. Good
Richard Gordon, flew on Apollo 12.
Stanley Griggs (1939-1989)
Virgil Grissom (1926-1967), first NASA astronaut to go into
space twice and the first person to go into space twice in a
capsule-type spacecraft. Would have been the first person to fly
three times. Died in the Apollo 1 disaster.
Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa, first Mongolian in space.
Chris Hadfield, first Canadian to walk in space.
Claudie Haigneré, first Frenchwoman in space.
Fred Haise, flew on Apollo 13.
Bernard Harris, first African-American to walk in space.
Karl Henize (1926-1993)
Miroslaw Hermaszewski, first Pole in space.
John Herrington, first Native American in space.
Millie Hughes-Fulford, first female Payload Specialist.
Douglas G. Hurley
*Rick D. Husband (1957-2003), died in the Space Shuttle
James Irwin (1930-1991), flew on Apollo 15.
Georgi Ivanov, first Bulgarian in space.
Sigmund Jähn, first German in space
Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space
Tamara E. Jernigan
Brent W. Jett, Jr.
Gregory C. Johnson
Gregory H. Johnson
Thomas D. Jones
Leonid Kadenyuk, first Ukrainian in space since
Alexander Kaleri, first Russian in space since
Mark E. Kelly
Yevgeny Khrunov (1933-2000)
Robert S. Kimbrough
Leonid Kizim (1941-2010)
Pyotr Klimuk, first Belarusian in space.
*Vladimir Komarov (1927-1967), killed during a USSR space
Yelena V. Kondakova
Oleg Kononenko, first Turkmenistan-born man in space
Timothy L. Kopra
/ Sergei Krikalev, six space flights and, as of 2008, holds
record for longest total time in space: 803 days, 9 hours and 39
Vasili Lazarev (1928-1990)
Mark C. Lee
William B. Lenoir
Aleksei Leonov, first person to "walk in space" (to make an
Frederick W. Leslie
Anatoli Levchenko (1941-1988)
Byron Lichtenberg, first NASA Payload Specialist.
/ Michael Lopez-Alegria
Stanley G. Love
Jim Lovell, flew on Apollo 8, the first spaceship to
orbit the Moon, and on Apollo 13.
G. David Low (1956-2008)
Shannon Lucid, first Asian-born woman in space. As of 2006,
holder of the woman's spaceflight-duration record.
Oleg Makarov (1933-2003)
Franco Malerba, first Italian in space. (Michael Collins was
born in Rome, Italy in 1930, he has always been an American
citizen, born of American parents.)
Yuri Malyshev (1941-1999)
Musa Manarov, first Azerbaidjan-born man in space
Thomas H. Marshburn
Thomas Kenneth "Ken" Mattingly II (born 1936), flew on
Apollo 16, STS-4, and STS-51-C.
K. Megan McArthur
William S. McArthur
Bruce McCandless II
*William C. McCool (1961-2003), died in the Space Shuttle
James McDivitt, flew on Apollo 9.
*Ronald McNair (1950-1986), died in the Space Shuttle
Leland D. Melvin
Mike Melvill, first commercial (launched by a private company)
astronaut. Suborbital flight only.
Edgar Mitchell, flew on Apollo 14.
Abdul Ahad Mohmand, first Afghan in space.
Chiaki Mukai, first Japanese woman in space.
Steven R. Nagel
Bill Nelson, second politician in space.
Rodolfo Neri Vela, first Mexican in space.
Paolo A. Nespoli
James H. Newman
Claude Nicollier, first Swiss in space.
Niè Hǎishèng, flew on Shenzhou 6
Andriyan Nikolayev (1929-2004)
Carlos I. Noriega, first Peruvian-born person in space.
Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic woman in space.
Wubbo Ockels, first Dutch citizen in space.
John D. Olivas
Gregory Olsen, third spaceflight participant.
*Ellison Onizuka (1946-1986), died in the Space Shuttle
Robert Overmyer (1936-1996)
Ronald A. Parise (1951-2008)
*Viktor Patsayev (1933-1971)
Gary Payton, first military astronaut.
Philippe Perrin, first Morocco-born man in space
Pham Tuân, first Vietnamese and first Asian in space.
Alan G. Poindexter
Valeri Polyakov, holds record for single longest spaceflight,
Marcos Pontes, first Brazilian in space.
Pavel Popovich (1930-2009), first Ukrainian-born person in
Dumitru Prunariu, first Romanian in space.
*Ilan Ramon (1954-2003), first Israeli in space, died in the
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
James F. Reilly
Thomas Reiter, first German to walk in space and first ESA
astronaut to stay on the ISS.
Vladimír Remek, first Czech and first non-Soviet European in
*Judith Resnik (1949-1986), died in the Space Shuttle
Paul W. Richards
Richard N. Richards
Sally Ride, first American woman in space.
Stuart Roosa (1933-1994), flew on Apollo 14.
Jerry L. Ross, flew on seven space flights.
Nikolay Rukavishnikov (1932-2002)
Mario Runco, Jr.
Gennadi Sarafanov (1942-2005)
Svetlana Savitskaya, first woman to walk in space.
Wally Schirra (1923-2007)
Harrison Schmitt, flew on Apollo 17.
*Dick Scobee (1939-1986), died in the Space Shuttle Challenger
Yuri Shargin, first Russian military cosmonaut
Salizhan Sharipov , first Kyrgyzstan-born man in space
Rakesh Sharma, first Indian in space.
Helen Sharman, first Briton in space.
Vladimir Shatalov, first Kazakhstan-born man in space
Alan Shepard (1923-1998), first American in space.
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, first Malaysian in space
Georgi Shonin (1935-1997)
Mark Shuttleworth, second spaceflight participant and first
South African in space.
Charles Simonyi, fifth spaceflight participant.
Donald "Deke" Slayton (1924-1996), a Mercury astronaut.
Anatoly Solovyev, first Latvia-born man in space
Thomas Patten Stafford
Gennady Strekalov (1940-2004)
Kathryn Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space.
John "Jack" Swigert (1931-1982), flew on Apollo 13.
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, the first Cuban and the first person
from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the U.S. to
travel to space. He was also the first Hispanophone and first
person of African ancestry in space.
Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space.
Kathryn Thornton, first woman to make multiple EVAs.
Dennis Tito, first self-funded spaceflight participant.
Gherman Titov (1935-2000), the second person to make a space
flght and the first to stay up for a day.
Eugene Trinh, first Vietnamese-American in space.
Bjarni Tryggvason, first Iceland-born man in space
Lodewijk van den Berg, first Dutch-born astronaut.
James "Ox" van Hoften
Vladimir Vasyutin (1952-2002)
Charles Veach (1944-1995)
Franz Viehböck, first Austrian in space.
Sergey Volkov, first second generation astronaut or cosmonaut
in space, son of Alexander Volkov.
*Vladislav Volkov (1935-1971), killed on Soyuz 11.
Boris Volynov, first Jewish person in space.
David M. Walker, (1944-2001)
Joseph A. Walker (1921-1966), first person to enter space
twice. Suborbital flights only.
Shannon Walker - Soyuz TMA-19
Taylor Wang, first ethnic Chinese person in space.
Edward White (1930-1967), first American to "walk in space"
(make an EVA). Died in the Apollo 1 disaster.
Douglas H. Wheelock
Sunita "Suni" Williams
Yáng Lìwěi, first Chinese national in space.
Boris Yegorov (1937-1994)
Yi So-yeon, first South Korean in space.
John Young, flew on two Gemini, two Apollo (Apollo 10
and Apollo 16), and two Space Shuttle missions.
Fyodor Yurchikhin, First Greek in space, first Georgia-born man
George D. Zamka
Zhai Zhigang, first Chinese to walk in space.