Category: astronaut

March 6, 1969 – Astronaut Rusty Schweickart on a spacewalk during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. (Stellar Views)

Mercury man Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Jr. was born on this day in 1927.

John Glenn in a Mercury capsule mock-up, 1959. Photo by Ralph Morse.

Spacewalkers, illustrated Alexei Leonov, Johnny Bruck, and John Berkey.

February 4, 1970 – At Cape Canaveral, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell trains for a moonwalk he’ll never make.

On this day in 1986, the astronauts of mission STS-61C began a six-day orbital odyssey aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

(NASA History Office)


Mercury astronauts train in a reduced gravity aircraft, better known as the vomit comet.

Spacemen by Klaus Bürgle, Vincent Di Fate, and Ed Valigursky.

Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard gets an assist from Gordon Cooper during suiting-up operations, 1963.