Astronauts Who Trained at Morehead Planetarium and the Missions They Flew

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Note: STS is the NASA designation for a Space Shuttle mission.

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 7/12/1966, 8/23/1966, 1/17-18/1968, 2/21/1969
Missions: Gemini 12, Apollo 11

Joseph P. Allen
Training: 11/13-14/1967
Missions: STS-5, STS-51A

William A. Anders
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 5/2-4/1966, 6/22-23/1966, 2/7-8/1967, 2/21/1969
Mission: Apollo 8

Neil A. Armstrong
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 3/26-27/1964, 3/30-31/1965, 5/18-19/1965, 6/25/1965, 8/6/1965, 1/21-22/1966, 5/3-4/1966, 6/22-23/1966, 1/17-18/1968, 2/21/1969
Missions: Gemini 8, Apollo 11

Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton, John Glenn and Betty Grissom
The Mercury Program Astronauts returned to Chapel Hill in the 1989 to commemorate the Planetarium’s 40th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the Moon landing. This photo from 1984 was used to publicize their appearance. Standing (Left to Right): Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton. Seated (Left to Right): John Glenn and Betty Grissom, the widow of V.I. Grissom.

Charles A. Bassett II
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 1/10-11/1966, 2/25/1966

Alan L. Bean
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 4/25-26/1966
Missions: Apollo 12, Skylab 3

Frank Borman
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 12/15-16/1964, 4/27-28/1965, 7/22-23/1965, 11/14/1965, 1/17-18/1968
Missions: Gemini 7, Apollo 8

Vance D. Brand
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Missions: Apollo-Soyuz, STS-5, STS-41B, STS-35

John S. Bull
Training: 6/9-10/1966

M. Scott Carpenter
Training: 2/23-24/1960, 10/28-29/1961, 4/28/1962 Mission: Aurora 7 (Mercury 4)

Gerald P. Carr
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 2/7-8/1967
Mission: Skylab 4

Eugene A. Cernan Training: 3/26-27/1964, 1/10-11/1966, 2/25/1966, 8/23/1966

Roger B. Chaffee Training: 3/26-27/1964, 4/14-15/1966
Mission: Apollo 1 (fire)

Philip K. Chapman
Training: 11/13-14/1967

Michael Collins
Training: 6/26-27/1964, 7/22-23/1965, 11/14/1965, 4/25-26/1966, 1/17-18/1968, 2/21/1969
Mission: Gemini 10, Apollo 11

Charles Conrad Jr.
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 3/30-31/1965, 5/10-11/1965, 6/23-25/1965, 8/6/1965, 1/21-22/1966, 5/9-10/1966, 6/22-23/1966, 8/13/1966
Missions: Gemini 5 & 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 2

L. Gordon Cooper
Training: 3/1-2/1960, 8/23/1962, 1/19/1963, 4/5-6/1963, 3/30-31/1965, 5/10-11/1965, 6/24-25/1965, 8/6/1965, 7/12/1966, 8/23/1966, 9/4-5/1967
Missions: Faith 7 (Mercury 6), Gemini 5

R. Walter Cunningham
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 7/8-9/1966
Mission: Apollo 7

Charles M. Duke Jr.
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 9/4-5/1967
Mission: Apollo 16

Donn F. Eisele
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 7/8-9/1966
Mission: Apollo 7

Anthony W. England
Training: 11/12-14/1967
Mission: STS-51F

Joe H. Engle
Training: 11/12-14/1966, 9/4/1967
Missions: STS-2, STS-51I

Ronald E. Evans
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 2/21/1969
Mission: Apollo 17

Theodore C. Freeman
Training: 3/26-27/1964

Owen K. Garriott
Training: 11/13-14/1967, 9/4-5/1967
Missions: Skylab 3, STS-9

Edward G. Givens Jr.
Training: 6/9-10/1966

John H. Glenn Jr.
Training: 3/2-3/1960, 10/28-29/1961
Missions: Friendship 7 (Mercury 3), STS-95

Richard F. Gordon Jr.
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 11/4-5/1965, 1/21-22/1966, 5/3-4/1966, 6/22-23/1966, 8/13/1966
Missions: Gemini 11, Apollo 12

Virgil I. Grissom
Training: 2/25-26/1960, 12/28-29/1961, 3/3/1964, 9/23-24/1964, 8/3/1965, 4/14-15/1966
Missions: Liberty Bell 7 (Mercury 2), Gemini 3, Apollo 1 (fire)

Fred W. Haise Jr.
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 2/21/1969
Mission: Apollo 13

Karl G. Henize
Training: 6/22-23/1966
Mission: STS-51F

James B. Irwin
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Mission: Apollo 15

Joseph B. Kerwin
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Mission: Skylab 2

William B. Lenoir
Training: 11/13-14/1967
Mission: STS-5

Don L. Lind
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Mission: STS-51B

John A. Llewellyn
Training: 11/13-14/1967

Jack R. Lousma
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Missions: Skylab 3, STS-3

James A. Lovell Jr.
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 12/15-16/1964, 4/27-28/1965, 7/22-23/1965, 11/14/1965, 7/12/1966, 8/23/1966
Missions: Gemini 7 & 12, Apollo 8 & 13

Thomas K. Mattingly Jr.
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 1/17-18/1968
Missions: Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51C

Bruce McCandless II
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Missions: STS-41B, STS-31

James A. McDivitt
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 12/15-16/1964, 4/27-28/1965, 4/13-15/1966
Missions: Gemini 4, Apollo 9

F. Curtis Michel
Training: 6/9-10/1966

Edgar D. Mitchell
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 9/4-5/1967, 2/21/1969
Mission: Apollo 14

Story Musgrave
Training: 11/13-14/1967
Missions: STS-6, STS-51F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80

Brian T. O’Leary
Training: 11/13-14/1967

Robert A. Parker
Training: 11/13-14/1967
Missions: STS-9, STS-35

William R. Pogue
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 2/21/1969
Mission: Skylab 4

Stuart A. Roosa
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Mission: Apollo 14

Walter M. Schirra Jr.
Training: 2/23-24/1960, 12/28-29/1961, 4/28/1962, 8/23/1962, 4/5/1963, 9/23/-24/1964, 8/3/1965
Missions: Sigma 7 (Mercury 5), Gemini 6, Apollo 7

Russell L. Schweickart
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 4/13-15/1966

David R. Scott
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 11/4-5/1965, 1/21-22/1966
Missions: Gemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15

Elliott M. See Jr.
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 3/30-31/1965, 5/18-19/1965, 6/25/1965, 8/6/1965, 1/10-11/1966

Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Training: 3/1-2/1960, 1/18-19/1963, 4/5/1963
Missions: Freedom 7 (Mercury 1), Apollo 14

Donald K. Slayton
Training: 2/25-26/1960, 12/28-29/1961, 1975
Mission: Apollo-Soyuz

Thomas P. Stafford
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 9/23-24/1964, 8/3/1965
Missions: Gemini 6 & 9 , Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz

John L. Swigert Jr.
Training: 6/9-10/1966, 2/21/1969
Missions: Apollo 13

William E. Thornton
Training: 11/13-14/1967
Missions: STS-8, STS-51B

Paul J. Weitz
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Missions: Skylab 2, STS-6

Edward H. White
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 12/15-16/1964, 4/27-28/1965, 7/22-23/1965, 11/14/1965, 4/14-15/1966
Missions: Gemini 4, Apollo 1 (fire)

Clifton C. Williams Jr.
Training: 3/26-27/1964, 4/25-26/1966

Alfred M. Worden
Training: 6/9-10/1966
Mission: Apollo 15

John W. Young
Training: 1/28-30/1963, 3/3/1964, 9/23-24/1964, 8/3/1965, 4/25-26/1966
Missions: Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS-1, STS-9

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Note: Mercury and other early astronauts usually came in groups of two or three and the dates of their visits were not carefully recorded.