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Astronaut Birthdays for April

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April 24th

 

Valeri Voloshin (1942) USSR

Selected 1965

Involved with the Soviet lunar landing programme

Retired for medical reasons April 1969; no flights

 

 

 

Yvonne Cagle (1959) USA

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

Retired June 2008; no flights

 

At the 2017 Academy Awards she brought 98-year-old Katherine Johnson (featured in the film Hidden Figures) on stage

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website and Wikipedia

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April 25th

 

Frank De Winne (1961) Belgium

Selected 1998

Soyuz TMA-1/ISS Taxi Flight 4, 30 October - 10 November 2002 (10d 20h 53m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-34

Soyuz TMA-15/ISS Expeditions 20/21, 27 May - 1 December 2009 (187d 20h 41m)

Total flight time 198d 17h 34m

Retired August 2012

 

Soyuz TMA-1 was originally to have carried musician Lance Bass of NSYNC as a fare-paying passenger but financial agreement could not be reached and he was dropped

 

 

 

 

Denis Matveyev (1983) Russia

Selected 2010

On active status; no flights yet

 

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

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April 26th

 

Vitali Grishchenko (1942) USSR

Selected 1965

Discharged for unknown reasons 1968

Died 4 May 1992, possibly suicide

 

 

 

Samantha Christoforetti (1977) Italy

Selected 2009

Soyuz TMA-15M/ISS Expedidions 42/43, 23 November 2014 - 11 June 2015 (199d 16h 42m)

Still on active flight status

 

Has spent more time in space than any other non-US female

Also holds the record for the longest single flight by a non-US/Russian space traveller (male or female)

 

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

 

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April 27th

 

Valeri Polyakov (1942) USSR

Selected 1972

Soyuz TM-6/Mir Expeditions 3/4, 29 August 1988 - 27 April 1989 (240d 22h 34m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-7

Soyuz TM-18/Mir Expeditions 15/16/17, 8 January 1994 - 22 March 1995 (437d 17h 58m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-20

Total flight time 678d 16h 32m

Retired June 1995

 

Holds the record for the longest single spaceflight

 

 

 

Ellen Baker (1953) USA

Selected 1984 (NASA Group 10)

STS-34, 18 - 23 October 1989 (4d 23h 39m) - Deployed the Galileo Jupiter probe

STS-50, 25 June - 9 July 1992 (13d 19h 30m) - US Microgravity Lab 1

STS-71, 27 June - 7 July 1995 (9d 19h 22m) - First Shuttle/Mir docking mission; crew exchange (Solovyov & Budarin up; Dezhurov & Thagard down)

Total flight time 28d 14h 31m

Retired September 2005

 

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

 

 

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April 28th

 

John Creighton (1943) USA

Selected January 1978 (NASA Group 8 )

STS-51G, 17 - 24 June 1985 (7d 1h 39m) - Deployed three comsats

STS-36, 28 February - 4 March 1990 (4d 10h 18m) - Classified DoD mission; deployed a reconnaissance satellite

STS-48, 13 - 18 September 1991 (5d 8h 27m) - Deployed the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Total flight time 16d 20h 24m

Retired July 1992

 

 

 

Jay Apt (1949) USA

Selected 1985 (NASA Group 11)

STS-37, 5 - 11 April 1991 (5d 23h 32m) - Deployed the Gamma Ray Observatory - Apt had to perform unscheduled EVA to release jammed high-gain antenna

STS-47, 12 - 20 September 1992 (7d 22h 30m) - Carried Japanese Spacelab-J. First flight of a married couple, and no they didn't; you should be ashamed of yourself

STS-59, 9 - 20 April 1994 (11d 5h 49m) - Carried Space Radar Laboratory to distinguish human-induced environmental changes from natural ones

STS-79, 16 - 26 September 1996 (10d 3h 18m) - Fourth Shuttle-Mir docking; crew exchange (Blaha up; Lucid down)

Total flight time 35d 7h 9m

Retired May 1997

 

 

 

Paul Lockhart (1956) USA

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

STS-111, 5 - 19 June 2002 (13d 20h 35m) - Fifth flight of the Leonardo module to the ISS; crew exchange (Expedition 5 up; Expedition 4 down)

STS-113, 24 November - 7 December 2002 (13d 18h 47m) - Delivered P1 Truss to the ISS: crew exchange (Expedition 6 up; Expedition 5 down)

Total flight time 27d 15h 22m

Retired 2005

 

 

 

Léopold Eyharts (1957) France

Selected 1990

Soyuz TM-27/Mir Visiting Flight 13, 29 January - 19 February 1998 (20d 16h 35m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TM-26

STS-122/ISS Expedition 16, 7 February - 27 March 2008 (48d 4h 53m) - Landed aboard STS-123

Total flight time to date 68d 21h 28m

Still on active flight status

 

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

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April 29th

 

Dmitri Zaikin (1932) USSR

Selected 1960

Backup for Voskhod 2

Retired for medical reasons October 1969; no flights

Died 21 October 2013

 

 

 

Nikolai Budarin (1953) USSR

Selected 1989

STS-71/Mir Expedition 19, 27 June - 11 September 1995 (75d 11h 20m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TM-21. First Shuttle-Mir docking

Soyuz TM-27/Mir Expedition 25, 29 January - 25 August 1998 (207d 12h 49m)

STS-113/ISS Expedition 6, 24 November 2002 - 4 May 2003 (161d 1h 14m) - was aboard the ISS at the time of Columbia accident; landed aboard Soyuz TMA-1

Total flight time 444d 1h 23m

Retired September 2004

 

 

 

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April 30th

 

Michael Smith (1945) USA

Selected 1980 (NASA Group 9)

STS-51L, launched 28 January 1986; killed when vehicle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off. Not classed as a spaceflight as craft did not exceed 100km altitude

 

 

 

Duane Carey (1957) USA

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

STS-109, 1 - 12 March 2002 (10d 22h 10m) - Fourth Hubble servicing mission

Retired October 2004

 

 

 

Victor Glover (1976) USA

Selected 2013 (NASA Group 21)

On active status; no flights yet

 

 

 

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