Three astronauts died on the ground while training for the first crewed Apollo mission, Apollo 1. Dominick, Matthew. Four of them are still living as of October 2020. 2 - Yuri Gagarin. On each of the Apollo 17 extravehicular activities (EVAs), Harrison Schmitt was the second person out of, and the first person back into, the Apollo Lunar Module. The Block I crew position titles were Command Pilot, Senior Pilot (second seat), and Pilot (third seat). Cassada, Josh A. Cassidy, Christopher J. Chari, Raja. Twelve people have walked on the Moon. "The majority of the human race has been born since we've left the moon so they don't have knowledge of it.". 10 - Frank Borman. ©2020, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of WPTZ-TV. During six two-man landing missions twelve astronauts walked on the lunar surface, and six of those drove Lunar Roving Vehicles. Besides the 12 people who have walked on the Moon, 12 more have flown to within 0.001 lunar distance of its surface. Lovell, 88, was one of NASA's most frequent early fliers, best known as the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which teetered on catastrophe. Before that he flew two Gemini missions and on Apollo 10 and 16. Haise, 83, was also on that aborted Apollo 13 mission. Collins, 86, circled the moon while Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon during Apollo 11 in 1969, then went on to work for the U.S. State Department and become the first director of the National Air and Space Museum. Because of Apollo 13's free-return trajectory, Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise flew higher above the Moon's 180° meridian (opposite Earth) than anyone else has flown (254 km/158 mi). Here, you'll also find astronaut pictures and all kinds of other astronaut information. Other astronauts who trained for Apollo but did not fly, Apollo astronauts who flew to the Moon without landing, Astronauts killed during the Apollo Program. Now living in Florida, Collins, who also flew on Gemini 10, makes a few public appearances; he has painted and written books. When program cutbacks canceled missions 18 through 20, NASA's lunar geological community insisted on having a geologist on the Moon, so Slayton reassigned Schmitt to Apollo 17. You might even learn a few new astronaut names! He was scheduled to command a flight to land on the moon, but it was cancelled. [update] All crewed lunar landings took place between July 1969 and December 1972 as part of the Apollo program. NASA assigned 32 American astronauts to the Apollo lunar landing program, and 24, flying on nine missions between December 1968 and December 1972, orbited the Moon. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Here are nine U.S. pioneering astronauts who are part of living space history. A Florida resident, he was released from a hospital in New Zealand on Friday. 4 - Mae Jemison. Young and Cernan each set foot on it during their respective second lunar missions, while Lovell is the only person to have flown to the Moon twice without landing. More than half of the first 30 astronauts NASA hired have died. Discover the most famous Astronauts sorted by how old they are. Apart from these 24 men, no human being has gone beyond low Earth orbit. Alan ShepardEdgar D. Mitchell, Alan B. Shepard Jr. (center), and Stuart A. Roosa. "There's going to come a time and it's probably going to be in the next decade or so when none of the moonwalkers are going to be left," said National Air and Space Museum associate director Roger Launius. "As this history recedes into the background and fewer and fewer people remember it, the more mythological it becomes," he said. He served as a test pilot for the space shuttle prototype Enterprise and worked in the aerospace industry. As commander of Apollo 16, he walked on the moon. He lives in Texas. NASA's Director of Flight Crew Operations during the Gemini and Apollo programs was Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, who was medically grounded in September 1962 due to a minor cardiac arrythmia – paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Of the 24 astronauts who flew to the Moon, two went on to command a Skylab mission, one commanded Apollo–Soyuz, one flew as commander for Approach and Landing Tests of the Space Shuttle, and two commanded orbital Space Shuttle missions. Intended to land; later trained to land and slated to command, Missions are ordered by launch date. video; trivia; popular; trending; random; Astronauts by Age 42 Year Old Astronauts 44 Year Old Astronauts 48 Year Old Astronauts 49 Year Old Astronauts 50 Year Old Astronauts 51 Year Old Astronauts Intended to land on Apollo 13; only person to fly to the Moon twice without landing. Three flew to the Moon twice, one orbiting both times and two landing once apiece. A Florida resident, he would go in to a career in NASA management and was often consulted as an outside expert for the space agency after he retired. Eleven of them are still living as of March 2020.[update]. Jim Lovell and Fred Haise were scheduled to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 13 mission, but the lunar landing was aborted following a major malfunction en route to the Moon. The 24 people who have flown to the Moon are the only people who have traveled beyond low Earth orbit. Local and national elections & political news, delivered to your inbox. Bresnik, Randolph J. Cardman, Zena. Joe Engle had trained on the backup crew for Apollo 14 to explore the Moon with Cernan, but he was replaced by Schmitt on the primary crew for Apollo 17. NASA named a group of 19 more astronauts in April 1966.  Geologist Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt participated heavily in the geological training of the lunar landing astronauts, as well as assisting in the analysis of returned samples and the preparation of mission reports. 5 - Sally Ride. Nine astronauts later flew unused Apollo command modules in the Apollo Applications Program's Skylab and Apollo–Soyuz Test Project. He teaches a bit at the University of Wisconsin and is a prominent scientist who rejects the mainstream view of man-made global warming. Here is a collection of biographies of famous astronauts. He later was elected to the U.S. Senate from New Mexico. Borman, 88, commanded Apollo 8, the first flight in which humans circled the moon. Schmitt, 81, was the first scientist astronaut, a geologist who got to walk on the moon on Apollo 17 and was the next to last person on the moon, getting in the lander before Cernan. He lives in Texas. 8 - Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. 9 - Alexey Leonov. Haise was again scheduled to walk on the Moon as commander of Apollo 19, but Apollo 18 and Apollo 19 were canceled on September 2, 1970. Each was 35 years and 65 days old on his launch date and 35 years and 68 days old when he entered lunar orbit. Stafford, 86, commanded Apollo 10, the second flight around the moon, which preceded Apollo 11's moon landing.