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Apollo Astronauts (names added)
Most of the Apollo astronauts gathered at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1978. Names are included even for those not in the photo, with moonwalkers names in white and those who flew to the Moon without landing shown in dark grey. (Other names are shown in faint grey.)

NASA assigned 32 American astronauts to the Apollo lunar landing program, and 24, flying on nine missions between December 1968 and December 1972, orbited the Moon.

During six two-man landing missions twelve astronauts walked on the lunar surface, and six of those drove Lunar Roving Vehicles. Three flew to the Moon twice, one orbiting both times and two landing once apiece. From these 24 men, no human being has gone beyond low Earth orbit.

Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon

Image Name Born Died Age at
first step
Mission Lunar EVA dates Military service Alma Mater
1 Neil Armstrong pose.jpg Neil Armstrong (1930-08-05)August 5, 1930 August 25, 2012(2012-08-25) (aged 82) 38y 11m 15d Apollo 11 July 21, 1969 Civilian Purdue University, University of Southern California
2 Buzz Aldrin.jpg Buzz Aldrin January 20, 1930 (1930-01-20) (age 90) 39y 6m 0d Air Force United States Military Academy, MIT
3 Pete Conrad during suit-up for the Apollo 12 launch.jpg Pete Conrad (1930-06-02)June 2, 1930 July 8, 1999(1999-07-08) (aged 69) 39y 5m 17d Apollo 12 November 19–20, 1969 Navy Princeton University
4 Alan Bean NASA portrait (S69-38859).jpg Alan Bean (1932-03-15)March 15, 1932 May 26, 2018(2018-05-26) (aged 86) 37y 8m 4d Navy University of Texas, Austin
5 Alan Shepard Apollo 14 (cropped).jpg Alan Shepard (1923-11-18)November 18, 1923 July 21, 1998(1998-07-21) (aged 74) 47y 2m 18d Apollo 14 February 5–6, 1971 Navy United States Naval Academy, Naval War College
6 Edgar Dean Mitchell.jpg Edgar Mitchell (1930-09-17)September 17, 1930 February 4, 2016(2016-02-04) (aged 85) 40y 4m 19d Navy Carnegie Mellon University, Naval Postgraduate School, MIT
7 Dave Scott Apollo 15 CDR.jpg David Scott June 6, 1932 (1932-06-06) (age 88) 39y 1m 25d Apollo 15 July 31 – August 2, 1971 Air Force University of Michigan, United States Military Academy, MIT
8 Jim Irwin Apollo 15 LMP.jpg James Irwin (1930-03-17)March 17, 1930 August 8, 1991(1991-08-08) (aged 61) 41y 4m 14d Air Force United States Naval Academy, University of Michigan
9 Astronaut John W. Young (1971).jpg John Young (1930-09-24)September 24, 1930 January 5, 2018(2018-01-05) (aged 87) 41y 6m 28d Apollo 16 April 21–23, 1972 Navy Georgia Institute of Technology
10 Official NASA portrait Charles Moss Duke Jr.jpg Charles Duke October 3, 1935 (1935-10-03) (age 85) 36y 6m 18d Air Force United States Naval Academy, MIT
11 Cernan s71-51308.jpg Eugene Cernan (1934-03-14)March 14, 1934 January 16, 2017(2017-01-16) (aged 82) 38y 9m 7d Apollo 17 December 11–14, 1972 Navy Purdue University, Naval Postgraduate School
12 Harrison Schmitt.jpg Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 (1935-07-03) (age 85) 37y 5m 8d Civilian Caltech, University of Oslo, Harvard University

Apollo astronauts who flew to the Moon without landing

Image Name Born Died Age Mission Military service Notes
1 Frank Borman.jpg Frank Borman March 14, 1928 (1928-03-14) (age 92) 40 Apollo 8
December 21–27, 1968
Air Force
2 Jim Lovell (1).jpg Jim Lovell March 25, 1928 (1928-03-25) (age 92) 40

42
Apollo 8
December 21–27, 1968
Apollo 13
April 11–17, 1970
Navy Intended to land on Apollo 13; only person to fly to the Moon twice without landing.
3 William Anders.jpg Bill Anders October 17, 1933 (1933-10-17) (age 87) 35 Apollo 8
December 21–27, 1968
Air Force
4 Thomas Stafford.jpg Tom Stafford September 17, 1930 (1930-09-17) (age 90) 38 Apollo 10
May 18–26, 1969
Air Force Later flew on Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.
5 Michael Collins (S69-31742, restoration).jpg Michael Collins October 31, 1930 (1930-10-31) (age 89) 38 Apollo 11
July 16–24, 1969
Air Force
6 RichardFGordon.jpg Dick Gordon (1929-10-05)October 5, 1929 November 6, 2017(2017-11-06) (aged 88) 40 Apollo 12
November 14–24, 1969
Navy Trained to land, slated for Apollo 18 (canceled).
7 Jack Swigert.jpg Jack Swigert (1931-08-30)August 30, 1931 December 27, 1982(1982-12-27) (aged 51) 38 Apollo 13
April 11–17, 1970
Air Force
8 Fred Haise.jpg Fred Haise November 14, 1933 (1933-11-14) (age 86) 36 Apollo 13
April 11–17, 1970
Marines, Air Force Intended to land; later trained to land and slated to command Apollo 19 (canceled); flew the Space Shuttle on approach / landing tests.
9 Stuart Allen Roosa.jpg Stu Roosa (1933-08-16)August 16, 1933 December 12, 1994(1994-12-12) (aged 61) 37 Apollo 14
January 31 – February 9, 1971
Air Force In rotation to land on Apollo 20 (canceled).
10 Al Worden Apollo 15 CMP.jpg Al Worden (1932-02-07)February 7, 1932 March 18, 2020(2020-03-18) (aged 88) 39 Apollo 15
July 26 – August 7, 1971
Air Force
11 Mattingly Ken.jpg Ken Mattingly March 17, 1936 (1936-03-17) (age 84) 36 Apollo 16
April 16–27, 1972
Navy Later flew two Space Shuttle missions.
12 Ronald Evans.jpg Ron Evans (1933-11-10)November 10, 1933 April 7, 1990(1990-04-07) (aged 56) 39 Apollo 17
December 7–19, 1972
Navy

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