Complete List of Dead Astronauts
Last updated: 26 August 2014
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
Name Program & Flight DOD Cause of Death Neil Armstrong Gemini 8, Apollo 11 8/25/2012 complications from heart surgery Charles Bassett Gemini program (no flights) 2/28/1966 training mission plane crash Scott Carpenter Mercury 7 10/10/2013 natural causes Roger Chaffee Apollo 1 1/27/1967 Apollo 1 fire Charles 'Pete' Conrad Gemini 5 & 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 2 7/7/1999 motorcycle accident Gordon Cooper Mercury 9, Gemini 5 10/4/2004 natural causes Donn Eisele Apollo 7 12/2/1987 heart attack Ronald Evans Apollo 17 4/6/1990 heart attack Theodore Freeman Gemini program (no flights) 10/31/1964 training mission plane crash Edward Givens Apollo program (no flights) 6/6/1967 automobile accident Virgil 'Gus' Grissom Mercury 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1 1/27/1967 Apollo 1 fire Jim Irwin Apollo 15 8/8/1991 heart attack Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14 2/4/2016 brief illness Bill Pogue Skylab 3/3/2014 natural causes Stuart Roosa Apollo 14 12/12/1994 pancreatitis Wally Schirra Mercury 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 7 5/3/2007 heart attack Alan Shepard Mercury 3, Apollo 14 7/21/1998 leukemia Donald 'Deke' Slayton Mercury program (no flights), Apollo-Soyuz 6/13/1993 brain tumor Elliot See Gemini program (no flights) 2/28/1966 training mission plane crash John Swigert Apollo 13 12/27/1982 cancer Edward White Gemini 4, Apollo 1 1/27/1967 Apollo 1 fire
Clifton Williams Gemini program (no flights) 10/5/1967 training mission plane crash
Name DOD Cause of Death Michael Anderson 2/1/2003 Columbia accident Charles Brady 7/23/2006 prolonged illness David Brown 2/1/2003 Columbia accident 'Sonny' Carter 4/05/1991 commercial plane crash Kalpana Chawla 2/1/2003 Columbia accident Laurel Clark 2/1/2003 Columbia accident C. Gordon Fullerton 8/21/2013 complications from a stroke Dale Gardner 2/19/2014 of a brain aneurysm David Griggs 6/17/1989 training mission plane crash Hank Hartsfield 7/17/2014 complications from back surgery Karl Henize 10/5/1993 heart attack while climbing Mt. Everest Rick Husband 2/1/2003 Columbia accident Bill Lenoir 8/26/2010 bicycle accident G. David Low 3/16/2008 colon cancer William McCool 2/1/2003 Columbia accident Ronald McNair 1/28/1986 Challenger explosion Steve Nagel 8/21/2014 cancer Ellison Onizuka 1/28/1986 Challenger explosion Robert Overmyer 3/22/1996 test aircraft crash Alan Poindexter 7/1/2012 boating accident Judith Resnik 1/28/1986 Challenger explosion Sally Ride 7/23/2012 pancreatic cancer Francis Scobee 1/28/1986 Challenger explosion Michael Smith 1/28/1986 Challenger explosion Stephen Thorne 5/24/1986 private plane crash Charles Veach 10/3/1995 prolonged illness Janice Voss 2/6/2012 cancer David Walker 04/23/2001 cancer
Donald Williams 2/23/2016 cause not reported
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.
Name DOD Cause of Death Frank Caldeiro 10/3/2009 brain tumor
Patricia Robertson 5/24/2001 private plane crash
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