About National Astronaut Day

May 5th, 2017

In keeping with the tradition of other Astronaut and Space related celebrations, May 5th was selected for this significant date in history in 1961 when Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the First American in Space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight, which lasted approximately 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement. This trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.

Why Do #WeBelieveInAstronauts? The incredible experience of traveling through space is something we all dream about at one time in our life. For a very select few, this dream became a reality. The path for every Astronaut is different, and Astronauts come from a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds and include experiences such as: scientists, inventors, educators, engineers, trailblazers, innovators, executives, historians, authors, philanthropists, advocates and dreamers. The one thing they all have in common – They are leaders in their chosen field and the pioneers of space.

Please join us as we celebrate these amazing individuals, their unique experiences, and ultimately, to help spread the message that… no matter what our journey in life we are ALL Astronauts. #WeBelieveInAstronauts