Wally Funk

Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk is an American aviator and Goodwill Ambassador. She was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the first female civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, ...

Tang Hongbo

Tang Hongbo (Chinese: 汤洪波; pinyin: Tāng Hóngbō) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He was born in Xiangtan, Hunan. A pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an astronaut in 2010.

Mark Bezos

Mark Bezos is the Founder and General Partner at HighPost Capital and Director of Bezos Family Foundation. Apart from this, he is also Senior Vice President of Communication and Marketing events at Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting ...

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is an American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor known for being the founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon. Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000.

John Shoffner

John Shoffner is an American space tourist. He is according to Axiom Space a pilot, champion GT racer, and active supporter of life science research from Knoxville, Tennessee. Before creating his own motorsports team J2-Racing with his wife ...

William Brian Binnie

William Brian Binnie is a former United States Navy officer and one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo

Doug Shane

Douglas Bennett Shane is President of The Spaceship Company, as well as an American test pilot who has trained as a commercial astronaut. He was a member of the Scaled Composites astronaut team and one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne, the ...

Clint Nichols

Clint Nichols is an Aerospace Engineer and Test Pilot for Virgin Galactic's commercial spaceflight program. Birthdate is unknown.

Mark Stucky

Mark P. "Forger" Stucky was an American test pilot and commercial astronaut for Virgin Galactic. He left the company in July 2021.

Michael Alsbury

Michael Tyner Alsbury was an American test pilot for Scaled Composites. On October 31, 2014, Alsbury was test flying the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise with Peter Siebold. The craft broke up in-flight, resulting in a total loss of ...

Peter Siebold

Peter Siebold is a member of the Scaled Composites astronaut team. He is their Director of Flight Operations was one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo. On October 31, 2014, Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury were piloting the ...

Michael Masucci

Mike “Sooch” Masucci was a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and U2 test pilot.

David Mackay

Astronaut David William Donald Mackay AFC is the British Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic, and a former RAF test pilot. He is the first native-born Scot to visit space.

Keith Colmer

Keith Colmer was an experimental test pilot on White Knight 2 and SpaceShip 2 and a pilot training program and simulator development manager.

Beth Moses

Beth Moses is Chief Astronaut Instructor and Interiors Program Manager for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo program, and is a commercial astronaut. She was the first woman to make a spaceflight on a commercially launched vehicle, the VSS Unity ...

Yozo Hirano

Born in Ehime Prefecture, Japan in 1985. Yozo joined ZOZO Co. Ltd shortly after graduating from university, in charge of management and casting director of the photography team. After leaving ZOZO, he started working as a producer and manager ...

Yusaku Maezawa

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and art collector. He founded Start Today in 1998 and launched the online fashion retail website Zozotown in 2004, now Japan's largest. Most recently, Maezawa introduced a custom-fit ...

Yulia Peresild

Yulia Sergeevna Peresild is a Russian stage and film actress.

Ye Guangfu

Chinese astronaut Ye Guangfu was born in 1980 in the Sichuan province of China. He is an air force pilot and spent four years as an instructor and four years as a jet fighter pilot amassing 1100 hours of flight time. Ye was recruited as an ...

Deng Qingming

Deng Qingming is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He was born in the Jiangxi province of China. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an astronaut in 1998.

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.