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The Final Frontier
Aviation Pioneers and Space Explorers
Earth rise over the moon as seen and, photographed by the astronauts of Apollo 11 (NASA photo)
Aviation Pioneers and Space Explorers


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NASA spacecraft comparison.
NASA spacecraft comparison.
Since this tree contains Mercury, Atlas and, Apollo astronauts a size comparison of their space craft seems appropriate. 
 
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Eugene Wesley Roddenberry
Eugene Wesley Roddenberry
He created a simple television show. That said the influence his simple show and the legacy franchise has had on scientist and, explorers is something that cannot be overstated.  
 
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Doctor Robert Hutchings Goddard
Doctor Robert Hutchings Goddard
He is considered "The father of modern rocketry". Through theoretical and engineering work he pioneered all of the major concepts that make rocket flight a reality.  
 
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Willian Alonzo Avery
Willian Alonzo Avery
William worked with Octave Chanute in the development of gliders. 
 
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Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers
Aviation pioneers credited with the first powered flight. 
 
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Samuel Langley
Samuel Langley
He was an astronomer, physicist, inventor and, aviation pioneer.  
 
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Amilia Earhart
Amilia Earhart
She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She held several world's records in aviation. During an attempt at becoming the first female to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe her plane was lost and she was never seen again. 
 
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Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.
Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.
In 1961 as part of project Mercury he became the first American to fly in space. A decade later as part of Apollo 14 he became the first (and so far only) person to play golf on the moon. 
 
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CeCe Bibby
CeCe Bibby
Cece was an employee for Chrysler Corporation, which was a sub contractor for NASA. She was the only woman artist in the graphics department at Cape Canaveral. Her claim to fame came when Astronaut John Glenn recruited her to paint the Friendship 7 logo on his space capsule. She went on to paint the logos for Scott Carpenter's "Aurora 7" and Wally Schirra's "Sigma 7" capsules.

To do her job, Bibby became the first and only woman to ascend the Mercury launch gantry and go inside the "white room" that surrounded the vehicle. 
 
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Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter
He was the fourth American in space as pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission. 
 
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John Barron McKay
John Barron McKay
He was a NASA test pilot who became an astronaut September 28, 1965 when he went outside of the confines of the earth's atmosphere in the X-15 rocket plane. Military pilots who did this earned their astronaut wings immediately. Unfortunately they had not developed the process to award the civilian pilots their wings. John was awarded his wings posthumously in 2005.  
 
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Colonel Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr.
Colonel Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
In 1966 he took part in the last of the Gemini missions and became the first astronaut to successfully work outside of the spacecraft for an extended period of time. In 1969 he became the second man to set foot on the moon. 
 
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Alfred Merrill 'Al' Worden
Alfred Merrill "Al" Worden
In 1971 he was the command module pilot for Apollo 15. He holds two world's records that are still standing as of 2020

His lunar orbit at one point had him 2,235 away from the rest of the Apollo crew on the moon. The Guinness Book Of World records" declared him to be the "most isolated human being".

On the return trip he performed an extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk, to retrieve film cassettes from cameras on the exterior of the spacecraft. It was considered the first "deep space" EVA in history, it took place 196,000 miles from Earth. By comparison the astronauts working outside the international space station are at a maximum of 255 miles away. 
 
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Robert Crippen
Robert Crippen
He was the very first space shuttle pilot and a veteran of four shuttle missions. 
 
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Donald Kent 'Deke' Slayton
Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton
One of the first astronauts trainees to be selected. He had to wait until 1975 but he finally got to space as part of the Apollo-Soyuz mission. 
 
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Steven R. Nagel
Steven R. Nagel
Steven is a veteran of four space shuttle missions. In 1995 he retired from the astronaut program and became the Deputy Director for the Operations Development, Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance Office at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. 
 
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Linda M. Godwin
Linda M. Godwin
Linda is a veteran of four space shuttle flights. After they had both retired from the astronaut program she married astronaut Steven Nagel.  
 
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Story Musgrave
Story Musgrave
In 1996 he became only the second astronaut to fly on six spaceflights, and is the only astronaut to fly on all five space shuttles. In 1993, he was part of the crew that repaired the Hubble Telescope. 
 
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Charles Lacy Veach.
Charles Lacy Veach.
He was a combat fighter pilot awarded the Purple Heart. He was on two shuttle missions including STS-52 which in addition to it's scientific missions carried part of Gene Roddenberry's ashes into space. 
 
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Christa McAuliffe
Christa McAuliffe
She was selected as a payload specialist as part of the Teacher in Space Project. On January 28, 1986 she was lost with the rest of the crew in the Challenger disaster.  
 
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Colonel Douglas Harry Wheelock
Colonel Douglas Harry Wheelock
Douglas is a veteran of one space shuttle flight and an extended stay aboard the International Space Station that he reached by flying with Russia aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. 
 
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William Shatner
William Shatner
On October 13, 2021 William Shatner at the age of 90 became the oldest person to visit space getting there by the privately owned Blue Origin spacecraft the "New Shepard".