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Astronaut Birthdays for June

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June 1st

 

Georgi Dobrovolsky (1928) USSR

Selected 1963

Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 Expedition 1, 6 - 29 June 1971 (23d 18h 21m)

Killed when spacecraft accidentally decompressed during re-entry

 

 

 

Gennadi Manakov (1950) USSR

Selected 1985

Soyuz TM-10/Mir Expedition 7, 1 August - 10 December 1990 (130d 20h 35m)

Soyuz TM-16/Mir Expedition 13, 24 January - 22 July 1993 (179d 0h 43m)

Assigned to Soyuz TM-24/Mir Expedition 22 but grounded due to a heart condition five days before launch

Total flight time 309d 21h 18m

Retired December 1996

 

 

 

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June 2nd

 

Pete Conrad (1930) USA

Selected 1962 (NASA Group 2)

Gemini V, 21 - 29 August 1965 (7d 22h 55m) - Longest flight to date; simulating the duration of a voyage to the Moon and back

Gemini XI, 12 - 15 September 1966 (2d 23h 17m) - First-orbit docking with Agena target, simulating emergency launch from the Moon

Apollo 12, 14 - 24 November 1969 (10d 4h 36m) - Third man on the Moon

Skylab 2/Expedition 1, 25 May - 22 June 1973 (28d 0h 50m) - Conducted extensive repairs to the Workshop which was severely damaged during launch

Total flight time 49d 3h 38m

Retired February 1974

Killed in a motorcycle accident 8 July 1999

 

 


Yaroslav Golovanov (1932) USSR

Selected 1965

Never undertook official cosmonaut training

Retired April 1967

Died 21 May 2003

 

 


Cristiano Batalli-Cosmovici (1943) Italy

Selected 1989

Retired August 1992; no flights

 

 


Charles Chappell (1943) USA

Selected 1985

Backup for STS-45 ATLAS 1 mission

Retired April 1992; no flights

 

 


Mark Polansky (1956) USA

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

STS-98, 7 - 20 February 2001 (12d 21h 20m) - Delivered the Destiny lab module to the ISS

STS-116, 10 - 22 December 2006 (12d 20h 44m) - Delivered the P5 Truss to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Williams up; Reiter down)

STS-127, 15 - 31 July 2009 (15d 16h 45m) - Delivered the Kopra Japanese Module to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Kopra up; Wakata down)

Total flight time 41d 10h 49m

Retired June 2012

 

 


Yi So-yeon (1978) South Korea

Selected 2006

Soyuz TMA-12/ISS Visiting Flight 10, 8 - 19 April 2008 (10d 21h 13m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TMA-11 with Expedition 16 crew

Retired August 2014

 

Originally backup for TMA-12 but primary cosmonaut Ko San was dropped for disciplinary reasons (removal of classified training material)

Note that this is a Korean name; her family name is Yi

 

 

 

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June 3rd

 

Alfred Uhalt (1931) USA

Selected 1962 (USAF Group 3)

Would have flown X-20 Dyna-Soar but programme cancelled

Retirement date unknown; no flights

 

 


Malcolm Lydon (1946) USA

Selected 1979 (USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 1)

Would have been a candidate for military Shuttle flights but programme cancelled

Retired August 1986; no flights

 

 


Yuri Krikun (1963) USSR

Selected 1990

Underwent cosmonaut training for Journalist in Space; mission not flown

Retired February 1992; no flights

 

 

 

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June 4th

 

Shannon Walker (1965) USA

Selected 2004 (NASA Group 19)

Soyuz TMA-19/ISS Expeditions 24/25, 15 June - 26 November 2010 (163d 7h 11m)

Still on active status

 

 

 

Robert Kimbrough (1967) USA

Selected 2004 (NASA Group 19)

STS-126, 15 - 30 November 2008 (15d 20h 29m) - Carried Leonardo Module to the ISS (fifth flight); also partial crew exchange (Magnus up; Chamitoff down)

Soyuz MS-02/ISS Expeditions 49/50, 19 October 2016 - 10 April 2017 (173d 3h 15m)

Total flight time to date 188d 23h 44m

Still on active status

 

 

 

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June 5th

 

Curt Michel (1934) USA

Selected 1965 (NASA Group 4)

Retired August 1969; no flights

Died 23 February 2015

 

 

 

Richard Searfoss (1956) USA

Selected 1990 (NASA Group 13)

STS-58, 18 October - 1 November 1993 (14d 0h 12m) - Spacelab Life Sciences 2

STS-76, 22 - 31 March 1996 (9d 5h 16m) - Third Shuttle-MIR docking; delivered astronaut Lucid to Mir

STS-90, 17 April - 3 May 1998 (15d 21h 50m) - Neurolab (final Spacelab mission)

Total flight time 39d 3h 18m

Retired December 1998

 

 

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June 6th

 

Dave Scott (1932) USA

Selected 1963 (NASA Group 3)

Gemini VIII, 16 - 17 March 1966 (10h 41m) - First orbital docking; mission aborted when spacecraft began spinning uncontrollably due to a stuck thruster

Apollo 9, 3 - 13 March 1969 (10d 1h 0m) - First flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the LM, in Earth orbit

Apollo 15, 26 July - 7 August 1971 - Seventh man on the Moon; fourth landing. First of the J-series missions with extended scientific programme including the LRV

Total flight time 22d 18h 53m

Retired October 1977

 

At the time of writing one of only four remaining Moon walkers

 

 


Drew Gaffney (1946) USA

Selected 1984

STS-40, 5 - 14 June 1991 (9d 2h 14m) - Spacelab Life Sciences 1

Retired June 1991

 

 


Jay Buckey (1956) USA

Selected 1991

STS-90, 17 April - 3 May 1998 (15d 21h 50m) - Neurolab (final Spacelab mission)

Retired May 1998

 

 

 

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June 7th

 

Anne McClain (1979) USA

Selected 2013 (NASA Group 21)

Backup for Soyuz MS-09/ISS Expedition 56, launched 6 June 2018

Currently assigned to Soyuz MS-11/ISS Expedition 58, due for launch December 2018

 

 

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June 8th

 

Valeri Yazdovsky (1930) USSR

Selected 1968

Assigned to Soyuz 13 but prime crew was dropped because of personal differences

Retired July 1982; no flights

Died 10 November 2012

 

 


Bruce McCandless (1937) USA

Selected 1966 (NASA Group 5)

CAPCOM during the Apollo 11 Moon walk

STS-41B, 3 - 11 February 1984 (7d 23h 15m) - Carried out the first test of the Manned Manoeuvring Unit (first untethered EVA)

STS-31, 24 - 29 April 1990 (5d 1h 16m) - Deployed the Hubble Space Telescope

Total flight time 13d 0h 31m

Retired August 1990

Died 21 December 2017

 

 


Aleksandr Skvortsov Sr. (1942) USSR

Selected 1965

Retired for medical reasons 1968; no flights

 

Father of cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov Jr.

 

 


Stanley Love (1965) USA

Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17)

STS-122, 7 - 20 February 2008 (12d 18h 21m) - Delivered ESA's Columbus Module to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Eyharts up; Tani down)

Retired November 2011

 

 

 

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June 9th

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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June 10th

 

Jim McDivitt (1929) - USA

Selected 1962 (NASA Group 2)

Gemini IV, 3 - 7 June 1965 (4d 1h 56m) - First American EVA (performed by Ed White)

Apollo 9, 3 - 13 March 1969 (10d 1h 0m) - First flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the LM, in Earth orbit

Total flight time 14d 2h 56m

Retired June 1972

 

 

 

Nikolai Chub (1984) Russia

Selected 2012

On active status; no flights yet

 

 

 

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June 11th

 

Anatoly Voronov (1930) USSR

Selected 1963

Trained for the Soviet lunar landing programme; later backup on Soyuz 11

Retired May 1979; no flights

Died 31 October 1993 after a long illness

 

 

 

James van Hoften (1944) USA

Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 )

STS-41C, 6 - 13 April 1984 (6d 23h 40m) - Deployed LDEF; also retrieved, repaired and redeployed the malfunctioning Solar Max satellite

STS-51I, 27 August - 3 September 1985 (7d 2h 17m) - Deployed two comsats; also retrieved, repaired and redeployed Syncom IV-3 which was stuck in a low orbit

Total flight time 14d 1h 57m

Retired August 1986

 

 


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June 12th

 

Yuri Baturin (1949) Russia

Selected 1997

Soyuz TM-28/Mir Visiting Flight 14, 13 - 25 August 1998 (11d 19h 39m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-27 with Expedition 25 crew

Soyuz TM-32/ISS Taxi Flight 1, 28 April - 6 May 2001 (7d 22h 4m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-31. Carried first fare-paying space tourist

Total flight time 19d 17h 43m

Retired May 2009

 

 


Fernando Caldeiro (1958) USA (Born Argentina; US citizen)

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

Died of a brain tumour 3 October 2009

 

 

 

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June 13th

 

Lachlan MacLeay (1931) USA

Selected 1965 (USAF MOL Group 1)

Trained to fly the Manned Orbiting Laboratory but programme cancelled

Retired 1969; no flights

 

 

 

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June 14th

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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June 15th

 

No astronaut birthdays today either.

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June 16th

 

Taylor Wang (1940) USA

Selected 1983

STS-51B, 29 April - 6 May 1985 (7d 0h 8m) - Spacelab 3

Retired May 1985

 

 


Michel Viso (1951) France

Selected 1985

Candidate for STS-90 Eurolab

Retired 1998; no flights

 

 


Jeffrey Ashby (1954) USA

Selected 1994 (NASA Group 15)

STS-93, 23 - 28 July 1999 (4d 22h 49m) - Deployed Chandra X-ray Observatory (First flight with a female Shuttle commander)

STS-100, 19 April - 1 May 2001 (11d 21h 30m) - Delivered Canadarm manipulator to the ISS

STS-112, 7 - 18 October 2002 (10d 19h 58m) - Delivered S1 Truss and other equipment to the ISS

Total flight time 27d 16h 17m

Retired June 2008

 

 

 

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June 17th

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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June 18th

 

Vitali Zholobov (1937) USSR

Selected 1963

Soyuz 21/Salyut 5 Expedition 1, 6 July - 24 August 1976 (49d 6h 23m) 

Retired January 1981

 

 

 

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June 19th

 

Viktor Patsayev (1933) USSR

Selected 1968

Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 Expedition 1, 6 - 29 June 1971 (23d 18h 21m)

Killed when spacecraft accidentally decompressed during re-entry

 

 


Ron Townsend (1948) USA

Selected 1985

Candidate for WOSE-1 (USAF meteorological flight) but mission cancelled

Retired 1986; no flights

 

 


Heike Walpot (1960)  West Germany

Selected 1987

Candidate for Spacelab D-2 mission but not selected

Retired 1993; no flights

 

Was a member of the West German swimming team at the 1976 Olympic Games

Married to astronaut Hans Schlegel

 

 

 

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