The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Astronauts of all time. This list of famous Astronauts is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Astronauts.
With an HPI of 59.59, Pavel Popovich is the most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 38 different languages on wikipedia.
Pavel Romanovich Popovich (Russian: Па́вел Рома́нович Попо́вич, Ukrainian: Павло Романович Попович, Pavlo Romanovych Popovych) (5 October 1930 – 29 September 2009) was a Soviet cosmonaut.Popovich was the fourth cosmonaut in space, the sixth person in orbit, the eighth person and first Ukrainian in space.
With an HPI of 57.53, Georgy Dobrovolsky is the 2nd most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Georgy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky (Russian: Гео́ргий Тимофе́евич Доброво́льский; 1 June 1928 – 29 June 1971) was a Soviet cosmonaut who commanded the three-man crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft. They became the world's first space station crew aboard Salyut 1, but died of asphyxiation because of an accidentally opened valve. To date, they were the first and only humans to have died in space.
With an HPI of 55.61, Valentin Bondarenko is the 3rd most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Валентин Васильевич Бондаренко, Russian: Валентин Васильевич Бондаренко; 16 February 1937 – 23 March 1961) was a Soviet fighter pilot selected in 1960 for training as a cosmonaut. He died as the result of burns sustained in a fire during a 15-day low-pressure endurance experiment in Moscow. The Soviet government concealed the death, along with Bondarenko's membership in the cosmonaut corps, until 1980. A crater on the Moon's far side is named after him.
With an HPI of 55.08, Mirosław Hermaszewski is the 4th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Mirosław Hermaszewski (Polish: [ˈmirɔswaf ˈxɛrmaʂɛfski] (listen); born 15 September 1941) is a former Polish cosmonaut, fighter plane pilot, and retired Polish Air Force officer. He became the first, and to this day, the only Polish national in space when he flew aboard the Soviet Soyuz 30 spacecraft in 1978. He was the 89th human to reach outer space.
With an HPI of 53.17, Georgy Beregovoy is the 5th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy (Russian: Гео́ргий Тимофе́евич Берегово́й, Ukrainian: Гео́ргій Тимофі́йович Берегови́й; 15 April 1921 – 30 June 1995) was a Soviet cosmonaut who commanded the space mission Soyuz 3 in 1968. At the time of his flight, Beregovoy was 47 years of age: he was the earliest-born human to go to orbit, being born three months and three days earlier than the second earliest-born man in orbit – John Glenn, but later than X-15 pilot Joe Walker who made 2 (or 3, according to USAF definition) suborbital space flights.
With an HPI of 52.73, Leonid Popov is the 6th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.
Leonid Ivanovich Popov (Russian: Леони́д Ива́нович Попо́в; born August 31, 1945) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.
With an HPI of 52.20, Leonid Kizim is the 7th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Leonid Denisovich Kizim (Russian: Леонид Денисович Кизим; 5 August 1941 – 14 June 2010) was a Soviet cosmonaut.
With an HPI of 51.47, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov is the 8th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Во́лков; born 27 May 1948) is a retired Russian cosmonaut. He is a veteran of 3 space flights, including twice to the Mir Soviet space station, and is the father of cosmonaut Sergey Volkov.
With an HPI of 51.19, Vladimir Lyakhov is the 9th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.
Vladimir Afanasyevich Lyakhov (Russian: Влади́мир Афана́сьевич Ля́хов; 20 July 1941 – 19 April 2018) was a Ukrainian Soviet cosmonaut. He was selected as cosmonaut on 5 May 1967, and retired on 7 September 1994. Lyakhov was the Commander on Soyuz 32, Soyuz T-9, and Soyuz TM-6, and spent 333 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes in space. He was married and had two children. He was awarded: Twice Hero of the Soviet Union; Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR; Two Orders of Lenin; Order of the October Revolution; Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (Russian Federation); Order of Sukhbaatar (Mongolia); Order "The Sun of Liberty" (Afghanistan); Order of Merit 3rd class (Ukraine).
With an HPI of 50.33, Leonid Kadeniuk is the 10th most famous Astronaut. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Leonid Kostyantynovych Kadenyuk (Ukrainian: Леонід Костянтинович Каденюк, 28 January 1951 – 31 January 2018) was the first astronaut of independent Ukraine who flew into outer space. He flew on NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as part of the international mission STS-87. Kadenyuk held the rank of Major general in the Ukrainian Air Force. He was Deputy of Ukraine of the 4th convocation, People's Ambassador of Ukraine, Hero of Ukraine, President of the Aerospace Society of Ukraine, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine and Chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Honorary Doctor of Chernivtsi National University.
Pantheon has 18 people classified as astronauts born between 1921 and 1962. Of these 18, 7 (38.89%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living astronauts include Leonid Popov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov, and Vitaly Zholobov. The most famous deceased astronauts include Pavel Popovich, Georgy Dobrovolsky, and Valentin Bondarenko.
1930 - 2009
1928 - 1971
1937 - 1961
1941 - Present
1921 - 1995
1941 - 2010
1941 - 2018
1951 - 2018
1935 - 1997
1941 - 1988
1952 - 2002
Which Astronauts were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 8 most globally memorable Astronauts since 1700.