Which Famous Astronaut Are You?
Space exploration is one of the most exciting avenues of science. And while a space mission is the result of thousands of individuals working tirelessly, from the aerospace engineering staff to the test pilot to the mission specialist, the astronauts are the bravest and most prominent. These men and women risk their lives to go into space with their crew members and make incredible discoveries. They blast from the Earth in a rocket or space shuttle and hope to end up in orbit, on the moon, or in the International Space Station. Some astronauts are quite rightly respected throughout the world. But which famous astronaut are you most like? This quiz lets you find out.
This quiz uses the broader definition of the word “astronaut,” meaning space traveler in general, instead of just American/NATO space explorers. Some may disagree with that definition. But it’s undeniable that everyone in the results is an important person in the history of voyaging into space.
To become an astronaut, you used to have to undergo thousands of hours of rigorous training. Nowadays, you can just be extremely rich. Depending on your answers ahead, either way could be your path to the stars…
Famous astronauts have been lauded as some of the bravest people in history. But many of the most famous astronauts have/had very different personalities. Some are extroverted, while others prefer to keep to themselves. And it's important to remember that there's been more than one space agency throughout history. What one space agency considers to be important factors in astronaut selection will be different from another's.
Whether it's being based on the International Space Station, flying up in a space shuttle, taking part in a moon landing, or taking part in other space missions, the people who are exploring space have all made significant contributions to human advancement. This quiz can't hope to list them all. Instead, it selects some of the most interesting famous astronauts, such as the first person to walk on the moon, the first woman in space, the first person to orbit the earth, and the first businessman to build a rocket and fly to space. And also, that means that some people had to be excluded. Sorry, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, being the second person to walk on the moon is great. But we needed more diversity! Buzz Aldrin himself probably doesn't mind.
The people included in the quiz results got to space through different means, either by becoming a NASA astronaut, rising through the Soviet Air Force, or by investing lots of time and money. Additionally, the famous astronauts all have different backgrounds. Some had pretty typical middle-class upbringings, while others had difficult childhoods. But in the end, they all earned their place in the astronaut hall of fame.