Category: astronaut

“During the actual process of flying spacecraft, or flying the Spirit of St. Louis, one doesn’t think of one’s self as being a hero or historical figure. One does it because the challenge is there, and one feels reasonably qualified to accomplish it. And it’s later on, I suppose, perhaps at the suggestion of other people, that you say, ‘Well, yes, maybe.’”

—Alan Shepard, first American in space, oldest man to walk on the Moon, born today in 1923

Astronaut Ed White walks in space, June 3, 1965.

(ASU/NASA)

Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott on the slope of the Moon’s Hadley Delta, August 1, 1971.

Buzz Aldrin, photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969.

Neil Armstrong and flying saucer, 1967.

Neil Armstrong describes the lunar sample containers in the Apollo 11 Command Module.

Neil Armstrong talks cargo: moon rocks.

Hello from space!!

May 22, 1962 – Mercury-Atlas 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter smiles for the camera as NASA suiting technician Al Rochford adjusts his spacesuit.

(NASA)

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at Cape Canaveral, July 1969.