Facts About: Astronauts

  • Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first human to fly in space
  • NASA's astronaut corps, representing almost all 50 states, has over 300 current and former members
  • The first astronaut team, comprised of seven men, was selected in 1959
  • Some foods actually are dangerous in space, such as bread and other foods that make crumbs
  • There are several classifications of astronauts. The commander is the captain of the ship, who gives orders and makes decisions affecting the crew and mission
  • Sally Ride was America's first female astronaut to fly on the Space Shuttle
  • Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the surface of the Moon. He was also the first astronaut to become an educator