Complete List of Dead Astronauts

Last updated: 25 August 2013

This is a complete list of U.S. career astronauts who are deceased. Private contractors and civilians who flew on the Shuttle under the classification "payload specialist" - sometimes called "payload specialist astronaut" by NASA - are not included.

Mercury through Skylab
NameProgram & FlightDODCause of Death
Neil ArmstrongGemini 8, Apollo 118/25/2012complications from heart surgery
Charles BassettGemini program (no flights)2/28/1966training mission plane crash
Roger ChaffeeApollo 11/27/1967Apollo 1 fire
Charles 'Pete' ConradGemini 5 & 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 27/7/1999motorcycle accident
Gordon CooperMercury 9, Gemini 510/4/2004natural causes
Donn EiseleApollo 712/2/1987heart attack
Ronald EvansApollo 174/6/1990heart attack
Theodore FreemanGemini program (no flights)10/31/1964training mission plane crash
Edward GivensApollo program (no flights)6/6/1967automobile accident
Virgil 'Gus' GrissomMercury 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 11/27/1967Apollo 1 fire
Jim IrwinApollo 158/8/1991heart attack
Bill PogueSkylab3/3/2014natural causes
Stuart RoosaApollo 1412/12/1994pancreatitis
Wally SchirraMercury 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 75/3/2007heart attack
Alan ShepardMercury 3, Apollo 14 7/21/1998leukemia
Donald 'Deke' SlaytonMercury program (no flights), Apollo-Soyuz6/13/1993brain tumor
Elliot SeeGemini program (no flights)2/28/1966training mission plane crash
John SwigertApollo 1312/27/1982cancer
Edward WhiteGemini 4, Apollo 11/27/1967Apollo 1 fire
Clifton WilliamsGemini program (no flights)10/5/1967training mission plane crash
Shuttle
NameDODCause of Death
Michael Anderson2/1/2003Columbia accident
Charles Brady7/23/2006prolonged illness
David Brown2/1/2003Columbia accident
'Sonny' Carter4/05/1991commercial plane crash
Kalpana Chawla2/1/2003Columbia accident
Laurel Clark2/1/2003Columbia accident
C. Gordon Fullerton8/21/2013complications from a stroke
Dale Gardner2/19/2014of a brain aneurysm
David Griggs6/17/1989training mission plane crash
Karl Henize10/5/1993heart attack while climbing Mt. Everest
Rick Husband2/1/2003Columbia accident
Bill Lenoir8/26/2010bicycle accident
G. David Low3/16/2008colon cancer
William McCool2/1/2003Columbia accident
Ronald McNair1/28/1986Challenger explosion
Ellison Onizuka1/28/1986Challenger explosion
Robert Overmyer3/22/1996test aircraft crash
Alan Poindexter7/1/2012boating accident
Judith Resnik1/28/1986Challenger explosion
Sally Ride7/23/2012pancreatic cancer
Francis Scobee1/28/1986Challenger explosion
Michael Smith1/28/1986Challenger explosion
Stephen Thorne5/24/1986private plane crash
Charles Veach10/3/1995prolonged illness
Janice Voss2/6/2012cancer
David Walker04/23/2001cancer

Also killed in the Challenger explosion were payload specialists Christa McAuliffe and Gregory Jarvis.

Also killed in the Columbia accident was Israeli payload specialist Ilan Ramon.

Space Station
NameDODCause of Death
Frank Caldeiro10/3/2009brain tumor
Patricia Robertson5/24/2001private plane crash

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