NASA's 5th Group of Astronauts
Around the world and beyond
US Astronauts met the goals NASA set forth for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Programs.
Click on the emblems to read about the programs and the astronauts involved in each.
These accomplished goals led the way for US astronauts to venture into space with Skylab, the Apollo Soyuz Test Project, and the Space Shuttle.
Five Men, Two Nations, One Crew: The joint U.S.-USSR crew for the Apollo Soyuz Test Project
Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (standing on left), commander of the American crew
Cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov (standing on right), commander of the Soviet crew
Astronaut Donald K. Slayton (seated on left), docking module pilot of the American crew
Astronaut Vance D. Brand (seated in center), command module pilot of the American crew
Cosmonaut Valeriy N. Kubasov (seated on right), engineer on the Soviet crew
The Skylab space station as seen by the departing Skylab 2 crew
STS-1 Columbia April 12, 1981
The Pilot Astronauts
NASA selected 19 men, the largest group of astronauts thus far, to begin the next phase of manned space travel, in April of 1966:
Vance D. Brand, John S. Bull, Gerald P. Carr, Charles Moss Duke, Jr., Joe H. Engle, Ronald E. Evans, Edward G. Givens, Fred W. Haise, James Irwin, Don L. Lind, Jack R. Lousma, Thomas K. Mattingly II, Bruce McCandless II, Edgar D. Mitchell, William R. Pogue, Stuart A. Roosa, John L. 'Jack' Swigert JR., Paul J. Weitz, Alfred M. Worden
Click on their photos for individual bios and information on their spaceflights.
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