Astronauts and Cosmonauts

Astronauts and cosmonauts are trained personnel who travel in space. "Astronaut" refers to an American or western European space traveler and "cosmonaut" refers to a Soviet or Russian space traveler. China calls its space travelers "taikonauts."

Radio Programs

Breaking Ground A “seagull” takes flight Sunday, June 16, 2013
Faith 7 The end of a space-age singles act Thursday, May 16, 2013
Friendship 7 Getting back in the Space Race Monday, February 20, 2012
Freedom 7 A brief hop into the history books Thursday, May 5, 2011
Moon and Jupiter A delayed trip to the Moon Sunday, February 6, 2011
Living in Space II A "second skin" for spacewalkers Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Living in Space The painful side of space travel Tuesday, September 14, 2010
A Giant Leap Stepping out on a new world Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Lunar Landing Perseverance on the way to the Moon Monday, July 20, 2009
Mercury Seven Introducing seven space pioneers Friday, April 10, 2009

Featured Images

Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan drives his lunar rover
End of the Road Monday, December 10, 2012
Neil Armstrong aboard the lunar module Eagle, July 21, 1969
Leading the Way Sunday, August 26, 2012
John Glenn enters his Mercury capsule (right), and launches on February 20, 1962
Up, Up, and Away! Monday, February 20, 2012
Atlantis launches on the final space shuttle mission, July 8, 2011
Last Call Friday, July 8, 2011
Alan Shepard enters his capsule, then launches aboard Freedom 7, May 5, 1961
A-OK Flight Thursday, May 5, 2011
Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard poses with the American flag on the Moon
Long Journey Sunday, February 6, 2011
MIT professor Dava Newman models a new type of space suit
Dressed for Success (in Space) Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Back to the Future? Friday, July 24, 2009
Still Standing Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On a Tranquil Sea Monday, July 20, 2009
Good to Go Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Lunar Exit Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Exploring an Alien World Friday, May 11, 2007
Lunar Observatory Sunday, April 22, 2007
High Steppin' Saturday, April 21, 2007
Regor, Dnoces, and Navi Saturday, January 27, 2007
Where No Man Had Gone Before Friday, September 8, 2006
Hot Wheels Sunday, July 30, 2006
High-Flying Home Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Back to Business Friday, June 30, 2006
First Flight Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Sunny Day Friday, February 3, 2006
A Great Loss Saturday, January 28, 2006


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