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Fran Allen

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Elizabeth Allen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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A computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. The first female IBM Fellow and first female winner of the Turing Award. Women in Technology International Hall of Fame 1997.

Hans Bethe

Real/Birth Name:
Hans Albrecht Bethe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
98
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22

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Pronounced Bay-ta. Winner of the Nobel Prize in physics. Member of the Manhattan Project. Explained how the sun and stars get their energy.

Mayim Bialik

Real/Birth Name:
Mayim Hoya Bialik
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in neuroscience. TV series The Big Bang Theory, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Blossom. Movies The Chicago 8, Blossom

Roberta Bondar

Real/Birth Name:
Roberta Lynn Bondar
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First Canadian Woman into space - Shuttle mission STS-42 in the SpaceLab module IML-1. Neurobiologist.

Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Real/Birth Name:
Tracy Ellen Caldwell
Also Known As:
Tracy Caldwell-Dyson
Tracy Dyson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist. Channel NASA TV. Missions: STS-118, Soyuz TMA-18

Wallace Carothers

Real/Birth Name:
Wallace Hume Carothers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Brief Facts:

Inventor of Nylon and neoprene at Dupont. Suicide by cyanide poisoning due to depression.

Rachel Carson

Real/Birth Name:
Rachel Louise Carson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Marine biologist, conservationist. Book Silent Spring. Credited with initiating much of the popular ecology movement. Her book led to the banning of DDT. National Women's Hall of Fame 1973. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1980.

George Washington Carver

Real/Birth Name:
George Washington Carver
Gender:
Male
Death Date:
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Born in the 1860s, in slavery. Botanist. Developed alternative crops to cotton. Professor at Tuskegee Insitutute. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1993. Hall of Famous Missourians 1983. Kansas Hall of Fame 2012. Missouri Wall of Fame. National Agricultural Hall of Fame 1977.

Vint Cerf

Real/Birth Name:
Vinton Gray Cerf
Also Known As:
Vinton Cerf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced SURF. Co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the basis of the Internet. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1997.

Franklin Chang Díaz

Real/Birth Name:
Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz
Also Known As:
Franklin Chang-Diaz
Franklin Chang Diaz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Brief Facts:

Physicist. Became citizen of the US in 1977. Seven Space Shuttle missions. STS-61-C in 1986, STS-34 (1989), STS-46 (1992), STS-60 (1994), STS-75 (1996), STS-91 (1998), and STS-111 (2002). U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2012.

Catherine Coleman

Real/Birth Name:
Catherine Grace Coleman
Nickname(s):
Cady
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist, a former Colonel, USAF. Missions: STS-73, STS-93, Soyuz TMA-20

Jacques Cousteau

Real/Birth Name:
Jacques-Ives Cousteau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Co-developer of the aqua-lung. Known for films, books, and television under-sea photography and exploration. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1995.

Francis Crick

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Harry Compton Crick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work showing the double helix shape of DNA. Liberty Medal 2000.

Marie Curie

Real/Birth Name:
Maria Salomea Skłodowska
Also Known As:
Maria Skłodowska-Curie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Discoverer of radium radiation. Discovered the element polonium. The first person honored with two Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry. Albert Medal 1910.

Descartes

Real/Birth Name:
René Descartes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Famed for studies in mathhematics, geometry, optics, and philosophy. Stated "a vacuum cannot exist."

Ray Dolby

Real/Birth Name:
Ray Milton Dolby
Also Known As:
Dr. Dolby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Engineer and physicist. Inventor of sound technology for theaters. Awarded an honorary OBE, Order of Officer of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1997. Television Hall of Fame 2014. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2004. Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 22 January 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ann Dunham

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Ann Dunham
Also Known As:
S. Ann Dunham
Ann Dunham Sutoro
Ann Dunham Soetoro
Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro
Ann Obama
Nickname(s):
Anna
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 22 days before her 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in cultural anthropology and did research on village industries in Indonesia. Married twice, first to Kenyan
Barack Obama Sr.
then to
Lolo Soetoro

Anthony W. England

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Wayne England
Also Known As:
Tony England
Nickname(s):
Tony
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Missions: STS-51-F. Participated in and led field parties during two seasons in Antarctica.

Konstantin Feoktistov

Real/Birth Name:
Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov
Also Known As:
Константин Петрович Феоктистов
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Doctorate in physics. One of designers of Sputnik. Mission Voskhod 1. First civilian in space. Only non-Communist in the Soviet cosmonaut corps.

Anna Lee Fischer

Real/Birth Name:
Anna Lee Sims
Also Known As:
Anna Lee Tingle Fischer
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
69, 32 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Brief Facts:

Mission specialist, medical doctor and chemist. Mission STS-51-A. First mother in space. Management at NASA after several years leave of absence.

Robert FitzRoy

Real/Birth Name:
Robert FitzRoy
Nickname(s):
Hot Coffee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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A fourth great-grandson of Charles II of England. Entered the Royal Navy at age 14. Became commander of the HMS Beagle, travelling with Charles Darwin. Later named governor of New Zealand. Began studies of meteorology, inventing several types of barometers. Became Vice-Admiral. Suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, due to depression.

Michael Foale

Real/Birth Name:
Colin Michael Foale
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and astrophysicist. named a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in .the New Year Honours. December 2004. Missions: STS-45, STS-56, STS-63, STS-84/86, STS-103, Soyuz TMA-3

Galileo

Real/Birth Name:
Galileo Galilei
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Discovered 4 moons of Jupiter. Did gravity tests from the Tower of Pisa. Branded a heretic by the Catholic Church. International Space Hall of Fame.

Martin Gardner

Real/Birth Name:
Martin Gardner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for popularizing recreational mathematics and debunking paranormal claims. Column Mathematical Games in magazine Scientific American. Wrote more than 50 books, including The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Wizard of Oz

Edward Gibson

Real/Birth Name:
Edward George Gibson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist. Missions: Skylab 4

Linda Godwin

Real/Birth Name:
Linda Maxine Godwin
Also Known As:
Linda M. Godwin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Steven Nagel, until his death.
Younger than Steven Nagel by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

PhD in physics. NASA astronaut, miisions STS-37, STS-59, STS-76, STS-108. Over 38 days in space. Two spacewalks. One docking mission with the Mir space station.

Temple Grandin

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Temple Grandin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71, 27 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Professor of animal science. Known for her autism and her lectures and writings. Subject of television film Temple Grandin. Colorado Women's Hall of Fame 2012. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame 2010. Texas Trail of Fame 2012. National Women's Hall of Fame.

John Grunsfeld

Real/Birth Name:
John Mace Grunsfeld
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59, 15 days before his 60th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Astronaut, missions STS-67, STS-81, STS-103, STS-109 and STS-125. He logged over 58 days in space, including 8 space walks totaling 58 hours 30 minutes. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2015.

Stephen Hawking

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen William Hawking
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed theoretical physicist who is paralyzed (related to ALS) and cannot speak. Known for humor and theories of time and space. Book A Brief History of Time. Subject of the movie The Theory of Everything. Appointed Order of the British Empire (Commander) 1983, 1989 Companion of Honour, many prizes and awards. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009. Albert Medal 1999.

Grace Hopper

Real/Birth Name:
Grace Brewster Murray
Also Known As:
Grace Murray Hopper
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 23 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in computer programming languages. National Women's Hall of Fame 1994. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1991. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2016.

Edwin Hubble

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Powell Hubble
Also Known As:
Edwin P. Hubble
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer and cosmologist. Provided the first evidence of the expansion of the universe. Showed the existence of galaxies beyond our own, then classified as nebulae. The orbital Hubble Telescope is named for him. International Space Hall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 2003. Missouri Walk of Fame 2006.

Nicholas Hughes

Real/Birth Name:
Nicholas Farrar Hughes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Ancestors:

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Fisheries biologist. Held dual British/American citizenship. Suicide by hanging in his home.

Millie Hughes-Fulford

Real/Birth Name:
Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist. Missions: STS-40 and SLS-1 Spacelab Life Sciences.

Tamara E. Jernigan

Real/Birth Name:
Tamara Elizabeth Jernigan
Nickname(s):
Tammy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Peter Wisoff by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Missions: STS-40, STS-52, STS-67, STS-80, STS-96

Katherine Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Coleman
Also Known As:
Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson
Katherine C. Johnson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
100, 30 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Calculated orbits for NASA. Subject of movie Hidden Figures. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2015.

Janet L. Kavandi

Real/Birth Name:
Janet Lynn Kavandi
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemist. Missions: STS-91, STS-99, STS-104

Frederick W. Leslie

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Weldon Leslie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Missions: STS-73

Shannon Lucid

Real/Birth Name:
Shannon Matilda Wells
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in China, in Shanghai, then under Japanese rule, to missionaries. Biochemist and astronaut. Flew in space 5 times. Soviet Mir station 188 days in 1986. Shuttle missions STS-51-G in 1985, STS-34 in 1989, STS-43 in 1991, and STS-58 in 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1996. Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame 1993. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2014. National Women's Hall of Fame 1998. Okhahoma Women’s Hall of Fame 1993.

Sandra Magnus

Real/Birth Name:
Sandra Hall Magnus
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Missions: STS-112, STS-126/119, STS-135

Brian May

Real/Birth Name:
Brian Harold May
Nickname(s):
Bri
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist for group Queen, uses a sixpence coin as a pick. Co-composer of song We Will Rock You. An astrophysicist, postponed graduate work while being a rock star, then completed his PhD. Book Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. Named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University. CBE awarded 2005. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Guitar Center RockWalk 2004 as a member of Queen.
London Avenue of Stars 2004 as a member of Queen.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of Queen.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of Queen.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of Queen.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2004 as a member of Queen.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard as a member of band: Queen for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

K. Megan McArthur

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Megan McArthur
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
47, 26 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and oceanographer. Mission: STS-125 to maintain the Hubble telescope.

Ronald E. McNair

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Ervin McNair
Nickname(s):
Ron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A physicist and NASA astronaut, he flew on shuttle mission STS-41-B aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist. He was on his second flight on the Challenger, flight STS-51-L when it exploded. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 2004. South Carolina Hall of Fame 1997.

Mersenne

Real/Birth Name:
Marin Mersenne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 7 days before his 60th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for a conjecture about a series of prime numbers named for him. Also known for work on musical harmonics.

Patrick Moore

Real/Birth Name:
Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore
Also Known As:
Sir Patrick Moore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer. TV series The Sky at Night. Played the xylophone. Author of many books. Appointed OBE 1968 and promoted to CBE in 1988. Knighted in 2001.

James H. Newman

Real/Birth Name:
James Hansen Newman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61, 21 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist. Missions: STS-51, STS-69, STS-88, STS-109

Bill Nye

Real/Birth Name:
William Sanford Nye
Nickname(s):
Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Dancing with the Stars

Wubbo Ockels

Real/Birth Name:
Wubbo Johannes Ockels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. The first Dutch person in space, mission STS-61-A which was the SpaceLab D1 mission. Died of cancer.

Kathleen Ollerenshaw

Real/Birth Name:
Kathleen Mary Timpson
Also Known As:
Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
101
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Deaf (mostly) from childhood. Became a mathematician and astronomer and educator. Published a solution for Rubik's Cube in 1980. Given the Dame title when she was appointed DBE in 1971. Children's books The Lord Mayor's Party, First Citizen. Lord Mayor of Manchester in 1975-76. Involved in education policy.

Ron Parise

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Anthony Parise
Also Known As:
Ronald A. Parise
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56, 15 days before his 57th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer and astronaut, employed by Computer Sciences Corporation. PhD from the University of Florida, in astronomy. Flew on two shuttle missions, STS-35 aboard Columbia in December 1990, and STS-67 in March 1995 on the shuttle Endeavour. Both missions involved operation of utraviolet telescopes. Died of a brain tumor.

John Pople

Real/Birth Name:
John Anthony Pople
Also Known As:
Sir John Pople
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Knighted 2003. Nobel Prize 1998 honoring computer program model of chemical processes.

Sally Ride

Real/Birth Name:
Sally Kristen Ride
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Steven Hawley by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

The first American female astronaut in space, two shuttle flights into space, STS-7 in 1983 and STS-41-G in 1984. Professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. California Hall of Fame 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1988. Children's books on space. International Space Hall of Fame 1985. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2003. Texas Women's Hall of Fame 1986. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 2014. San Diego Women's Hall of Fame. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2005.

Joe Romig

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Romig
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard, team University of Colorado. Rhodes scholar, became an astrophysicist. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1989. College Football Hall of Fame 1984. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 1973. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1961. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1987. UPI Lineman of the Year 1961. National High School Hall of Fame 1990.

Kate Rubins

Real/Birth Name:
Kathleen Hallisey Rubins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
39, 19 days before her 40th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cancer biologist and specialist in HIV and serious African diseases. Missions Soyuz TMA-MS-01 and Expedition 48. Spacewalk to install new docking adapter. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2015.

Carl Sagan

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Edward Sagan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronomer who popularized astronomy. Co-founder of the International Planetary Society. International Space Hall of Fame. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009.

Harrison Schmitt

Real/Birth Name:
Harrison Hagan Schmitt
Also Known As:
Harrison H. Schmitt
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 17. Last man to step onto the moon. Only geologist to walk on the moon. Apollo 18 mission, cancelled. Senator from New Mexico 1977-1983. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997.

Piers Sellers

Real/Birth Name:
Piers John Sellers
Also Known As:
Piers J. Sellers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and climate scientist. Shuttle missions STS-112, STS-121, STS-132. Appointed OBE 2011 New Year Honours.

Helen Sharman

Real/Birth Name:
Helen Patricia Sharman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Chemist. Appointed an OBE in 1993. Joined the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to science and technology educational outreach in the 2018 New Year Honours. First woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. Missions: Soyuz TM-12, Mir

Charles Simonyi

Real/Birth Name:
Károly Simonyi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Computer scientist at Microsoft, then his own company Intentional Software. Fifth space tourist to the International Space Station, on Soyuz TMA-10. Returned aboard Soyuz TMA-9. Travelled again to the station in March 2009 on Soyuz TMA-14

Kathryn Sullivan

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan
Also Known As:
Kathryn D. Sullivan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
66, 8 days before her 67th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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Astronaut and geologist. Shuttle missions STS-41-G, STS-31, STS-45, as payload commander on that flight. The first American woman to walk in space. International Space Hall of Fame 1985. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2004. Ohio Women's Hall of Fame 2002. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1987.

Edward Teller

Real/Birth Name:
Teller Ede
Gender:
Male
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Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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The Manhattan Project. Developer of the hydrogen bomb. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2003. Presidential Citizens Medal 1989.

Kathryn Thornton

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Ryan Cordell
Also Known As:
Kathryn C. Thornton
Dr. Thornton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Orbital shuttle flights STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, and STS-61 in 1993, STS-73 in 1995. Multiple spacewalks. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2010.

Eugene Trinh

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Huu Chau Trinh
Trịnh Hữu Châu
Also Known As:
Eugene H. Trinh
Eugene Huu-Chau Trinh
Nickname(s):
Gene
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Astronaut. Became an American citizen after age 18. Missions: STS-50

James Van Allen

Real/Birth Name:
James Alfred Van Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 29 days before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Professor of physics. Discovered radiation belts around Earth, named for him. International Space Hall of Fame.

Lodewijk van den Berg

Real/Birth Name:
Lodewijk van den Berg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Brief Facts:

Astronaut and chemical engineer. Became a naturalized US citizen, no longer Dutch. Mission STS-51-B

Werner von Braun

Real/Birth Name:
Werner Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Birthplace is now Wyrzysk in Poland. "Freiherr" is a title, not a name - it means "Baron." Developed the V-2 rocket for Germany in World War II. Worked for the US after the war to develop rockets for the Army and for NASA, Chief architect of the Saturn V rocket.

Wernher von Braun

Real/Birth Name:
Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Freiherr title is equivalent to "baron". Inventor of the V2 rocket for Germany in World War II. US citizen in 1955. Worked on ICBMs and the NASA space program. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1998. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2007. State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame 1989.

Shannon Walker

Real/Birth Name:
Shannon Walker
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Andrew Thomas by 13 years.

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Astronaut and physicist. Missions: Soyuz TMA-19

James Watson

Real/Birth Name:
James Dewey Watson
Also Known As:
James D. Watson
J. D. Watson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-discoverer of the helical structure of DNA. Book The Double Helix. Liberty Medal 2000. Irish America Hall of Fame 2011. Lomonosov Gold Medal 1994. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1977.

Mary Weber

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Ellen Weber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
56, 32 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Astronaut. Missions: STS-70, STS-101

Peggy Whitson

Real/Birth Name:
Peggy Annette Whitson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Earned a PhD in biochemistry. The first NASA Science Officer. Expedition 5 to the International Space Station for 6 months. The first female commander of the International Space Station, Expedition 16. Soyuz MS-03. Second time as commander of the ISS Expedition 50

Peter Wisoff

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Jeffrey Kelsay Wisoff
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Tamara E. Jernigan by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and physicist. Missions: STS-57, STS-68, STS-81, STS-92

Woody Paul

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Chrisman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69, 33 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Brief Facts:

Western swing group Riders in the Sky. PhD in theoretical plasma physics from MIT. Grand Ole Opry as a member of Riders in the Sky.
Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars 2003 as a member of Riders in the Sky.
Western Music Association Hall of Fame 1993 as a member of Riders in the Sky.

Mark Zuckerberg

Real/Birth Name:
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Computer scientist, software developer, philanthropist and creator of the Internet social networking web site Facebook. Formed it into a private company with co-founders while they were students at Harvard. Named Person of the Year for 2010 by magazine Time. California Hall of Fame 2010.
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