Haichao Gui

Gui Haichao is a Chinese pilot, researcher and professor selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He did nor enlist in the People's Liberation Army (PLA), but was still was selected as a taikonaut, whereas all earlier known taikonauts ...

Yangzhu Zhu

Zhu Yangzhu is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He enlisted in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in September 2005, and joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in December 2006.

Jamila Gilbert

Virgin Galactic internal communications lead

Nicola Pecile

Former fighter pilot and experimental test pilot for the Italian Air Force, now pilot at Virgin Galactic.

Pantaleone Carlucci

Italian National Research Council technical engineer and pilot selected to fly on the Virgin Galactic 01 mission.

Walter Villadei

Italian Air Force mission commander on the Virgin Galactic 01 flight. Backup pilot for the Axiom Space Mission 2, Pilon for the Axiom Space Mission 3, qualified on Soyuz, ISS systems, and Orlan for EVA activities.

Luke Mays

Former NASA astronaut instructor, now astronaut instructor at Virgin Galactic.

Christopher Huie

Aerospace engineer, senior manager of Virgin Galactic's Flight Sciences Engineering team.

Angelo Landolfi

Italian Air Force physician selected to fly on the Virgin Galactic 01 mission.

Konstantin Borisov

Konstantin Borisov is a Russian cosmonaut with a background in life support systems engineering and economics.

Alexander Grebenkin

Alexander Grebenkin is a Russian cosmonaut with a background in radio communications engineering.

Rayyanah Barnawi

Rayyanah Barnawi is an astronaut representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and serving as a mission specialist on the Ax-2 mission. Barnawi has a Master of Biomedical Sciences from Alfaisal University and a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences from ...

Ali AlQarni

Ali AlQarni is an astronaut representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and serving as a mission specialist on the Ax-2 mission. AlQarni graduated with a Bachelor of Aerospace Science from King Faisal Air Academy. AlQarni is an Air Force captain and ...

John McFall

John has a background in sports and exercise science. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Swansea University, UK, in 2004, and his master’s degree from University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, UK, in 2005.  In 2014, John graduated with a ...

Marco Alain Sieber

In 2009, Marco joined the paratrooper training with the Swiss Special Forces Commando at the Swiss Army, where he achieved the military rank of Sergeant. In 2015, he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Bern, ...

Sophie Adenot

Between 2001 and 2003, Sophie studied engineering and graduated from ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France, where she specialised in spacecraft and aircraft flight dynamics. She then completed a Master of Science in human factors engineering at MIT – ...

Pablo Álvarez Fernández

Pablo holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of León (Universidad de León), Spain, and graduated with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika ...

Raphaël Liégeois

Raphaël studied biomedical engineering at the University of Liège, Belgium, from 2005 to 2011. He also became Ingénieur Centralien as part of a double degree exchange programme with the École Centrale Paris, France, in 2009 and earned a master’s ...

Zhang Lu

Zhang Lu is a Chinese pilot selected in 2010 to be an astronaut.

Rosemary Coogan

Rosemary holds two master’s degrees from the University of Durham, UK. She completed her undergraduate master’s degree of Physics in 2013 which focused on physics, mathematics, computer programming and astronomy. In 2015, she received her ...

Czym się różni kosmonauta od astronauty?

Kosmonauta i astronauta to synonimy, czyli teoretycznie możemy używać ich wymiennie, ale tradycyjnie nazywamy ludzi wyniesionych w kosmos przez amerykanów astronautami, a przez rosjan kosmonautami, niezależnie jakich narodowości byli. Czyli Amerykanie, Kanadyjczycy, Japończycy, Włosi, Francuzi i Niemcy latający z amerykanami to astronauci. Natomiast generała Hermaszewskiego, jedynego (jak dotąd) Polaka w Kosmosie, nazywa się kosmonautą bo poleciał w ramach radzieckiego programu kosmicznego.

Tajkonauta (taikonauta)

A co z chińczykami? Na zachodzie chińczyków w kosmosie nazywają taikonautami. Co ciekawe słowo tajkonuta, z chińskiego "taikong" (czyli przestrzeń kosmiczna) wymyślił najprawdopodobniej dla żartu pod koniec lat 90. malezyjski fan lotów kosmicznych i posłużył się nim w tekście internetowym, co podchwyciły zachodnie media. Sami Chińczycy mówią o swoim astronaucie – yuhangyuan.