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BMckay
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posted 03-06-2009 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the number of astronauts, cosmonauts and payload specialists that flew into space aboard a shuttle?

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posted 03-06-2009 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
331 (as of STS-126 and according to my records).

This includes: astronauts, cosmonauts, foreigners, mission specialists, payload specialists and the ones who just made a one-way trip (up or down) and includes Challenger/51-L and Columbia/STS-107.

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So far I have 329. I am not the counting three members of Challenger. Still going over who just came down or up only. Mike Fincke would not be on this list either.

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My list, which agrees with Chris' count of 331, shows the total:
  • 329 who launched on the space shuttle
  • 2 who only landed on the space shuttle
(The count does include the STS-51L first-time fliers.)

As my earlier posts had errors that were confusing the count, I've removed them and their replies.

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posted 03-07-2009 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would I be right that Vance Brand is the only astronaut to have flown three or more shuttle missions and to have commanded each of those flights?

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posted 03-07-2009 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You would be right on that.

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posted 06-17-2009 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct me if I'm wrong, is it right that Gregory C. Johnson is the oldest to fly as a pilot on a shuttle mission?

Also, I'm very curious to know who is the tallest and the shortest to fly on space shuttle? My guess is the tallest is James Wetherbee and the shortest is Nancy Sherlock?

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Originally posted by chappy:
Gregory C. Johnson is the oldest
To the best of my knowledge that is correct as he was 54 piloting STS-125. John Young was quite close at 53 on STS-1 but his official title during that mission was 'Commander'.

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Vance Brand was 59 when he commanded STS-35 in 1990. Until John Glenn flew in 1998, Brand also held the record as the oldest astronaut.

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posted 06-17-2009 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Vance Brand is the oldest 'Commander' to fly on the space shuttle. Who is the oldest 'Pilot' to fly on the space shuttle?

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quote:
Originally posted by chappy:
Who is the oldest 'Pilot' to fly on the space shuttle?
Gregory C. Johnson.
quote:
Originally posted by ilbasso:
Until John Glenn flew in 1998, Brand also held the record as the oldest astronaut.
Correction: Story Musgrave was the first to break Brand's record at 61.
quote:
Originally posted by chappy:
who is the tallest and the shortest to fly on space shuttle?
I don't know actual heights, but "Ox" van Hoften might be the tallest; Mary Cleave and Wendy Lawrence are both very "petite".

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posted 06-17-2009 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Van Hoften is 6'4". The tallest the spacesuits would fit.

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posted 02-14-2010 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone enlighten me as to the number of separate astronauts and cosmonauts who have flown on the space shuttle?

That is, the number launched on flights plus those who have only made a return flight (having launched on a Soyuz)?

I've got it at 348 but might have missed someone!

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Bob McLeod and I have been discussing this question via e-mail for the past week or so, having recently discovered that our two counts did not match.

Today, I sat down with the data from SpaceFacts.de, and after about an hour sorting out the non-shuttle fliers, arrived at a total of 353 through STS-134, which I have as a list presented in the order of first shuttle launch.

My list does include STS-51L but does not include those who only landed on the shuttle (going by my earlier reply though, that would add just two to the list).

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posted 02-15-2010 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I've compared my list against yours. I still get 348 flown (including the 'down only two') compared with your 347 at the same date (NOT including the 'down two').

I however counted Dezhurov twice (as a down only with Strekalov) and when he flew later to ISS, but missed out Eyharts.

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posted 02-15-2010 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, are our lists now in agreement?

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posted 02-15-2010 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can see you've nailed the oldest person to fly the shuttle. But who is the youngest?

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posted 02-15-2010 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
So, are our lists now in agreement?
Yes, it looks like we're 'singing from the same hymn sheet'!

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Originally posted by moorouge:
But who is the youngest?
I believe Sally Ride on STS-7 still holds that record at 32 years old.

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I believe the youngest is STS-51G Payload Specialist Al-Saud, who was 28 at launch.

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Now we've agreed on the figure it still leaves my current total of signatures from 241 of them well short of the final number!

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Further discussing the total number of space shuttle astronauts with Bob McLeod, we have agreed that there are three different, but valid, counts:
  1. 353 people launched on the space shuttle;

  2. 355 people flew on the space shuttle (Gennadi Strekalov and Yuri Gidzenko never launched on an orbiter, but landed on one);

  3. 352 people flew in space on the space shuttle (omitting the three first-time fliers on STS-51L).
I believe that now definitively answers the question: "How many people flew on the space shuttle?"

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Finally coming up with these totals was more difficult and complicated than we expected, but we believe that we now have accurate totals for these three categories.

These totals include the three first-time-fliers scheduled to fly on STS-131 and the three veteran Soyuz/ISS astronauts Fincke, Vittori (STS-134) and Barratt (STS-133) who have not flown on the Shuttle yet.

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posted 02-19-2010 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for webhamster   Click Here to Email webhamster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chappy:
Also, I'm very curious to know who is the tallest and the shortest to fly on space shuttle?
Most of the lists I found had James Wetherbee as the tallest and Nancy Currie as the shortest.

As far as the youngest, I would go with Al-Saud as well. Many others list Sally Ride, but they also add the key 'American' afterward which can be easy to overlook. Of course, Gherman Titov is the overall youngest ever having been only 25 on Vostok 2.

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posted 02-24-2010 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No-one has flown all six shuttles, i.e Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour. But has anyone flown 5 of the orbiters? If not, who has flown the most?

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posted 02-24-2010 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's easy - Story Musgrave. He's flown on the following:
  • Challenger: STS-6 and STS 51-F
  • Discovery: STS-33
  • Atlantis: STS-44
  • Endeavour: STS-61
  • Columbia: STS-80
A record that can never be broken.

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Many thanks Tim. Can I broaden the scope a bit and ask which astronaut has the most flights in each shuttle? [Don't forget Enterprise]

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Originally posted by webhamster:
Gherman Titov is the overall youngest ever having been only 25 on Vostok 2.
Titov was 25 years and 329 days actually. Tereshkova remains youngest woman at 26 years and 109 days.

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Originally posted by moorouge:
Can I broaden the scope a bit and ask which astronaut has the most flights in each shuttle?
Jerry Ross made five flights aboard Atlantis. I think that's the record for one individual flying on a specific orbiter.

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posted 02-24-2010 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by moorouge:
But has anyone flown 5 of the orbiters? If not, who has flown the most?
Off the top of my head, Robert Gibson, Bonnie Dunbar and Steve Nagel have come close: Gibson flew on Challenger (41B), Columbia (61C), Atlantis (27R and 71) and Endeavour (47), missing Discovery.

Dunbar flew on Challenger (61A), Columbia (32R and 50), Atlantis (71) and Endeavour (89), also missing Discovery.

Nagel: 51G (Discovery), 61A (Challenger), 37 (Atlantis) and 55 (Columbia), missing Endeavour.

This is a fun thread, by the way.

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Originally posted by Delta7:
Jerry Ross made five flights aboard Atlantis. I think that's the record for one individual flying on a specific orbiter.
OK - but what about the other orbiters?

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Crippen flew on Challenger 3 times (7, 41-C, and 41-G).

Coats... 3 times on Discovery (41-D, 29, and 39).

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Originally posted by moorouge:
OK - but what about the other orbiters?
Off the top of my head, I think there are a number of astronauts who have flown 3 times on the other orbiters, so it's probably a multiple tie. I don't believe anyone other than Ross has flown more than 3 times on the same Shuttle.

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Another first and only is Bo Bobko was the only Astronaut to fly on two shuttles first flights, Challenger (STS-6) and Atlantis (STS-51J).

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Another "record" that an astronaut would definately not want is Dan Bursch's... being a crew member on two RSLS aborts (STS-51 and 68)... his first two spaceflights.

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I think Steve Hawley did that on STS-41D and STS-61C. Also mark Hawley for three flights on Discovery and two on Columbia. I would bet he has made the most trips out to the pad for launches than any astronaut.

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Summing up, the state of the poll seems to be at present -
  • Columbia - 2 flights by Hawley (Young?)
  • Challenger - 3 flights by Crippen
  • Atlantis - 5 flights by Ross
  • Discovery - 3 flights by Coats, Hawley, Wilson
  • Endeavour - no candidates yet
Surely there is more to come!

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posted 02-25-2010 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add Stephanie Wilson to the list for Discovery (STS-121, 120 and 131).

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quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
This is a fun thread, by the way.
To keep up the fun.

Which shuttle has had the most launch day scrubs, i.e. crew strapped in and waiting to go? Which shuttle has gone on time the most?

[This should keep you out of mischief for a bit. ]

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quote:
Originally posted by NavySpaceFan:
Add Stephanie Wilson to the list for Discovery (STS-121, 120 and 131).

You just pointed out something: Is Wilson the only astronaut whose second mission has a lower STS number than the first? (This of course was caused by Columbia; at the time of the accident, STS-114 through 120 had already been manifested, and 121 was the next available number...)


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