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NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong at Tranquility Base on Luna in 1969.

An astronaut (or cosmonaut) is a person specially trained to serve aboard a spacecraft. The term was generally used in the 20th and 21st centuries, at a time when space flight was rare and particularly risky.

History and specifics

Space shuttle astronauts.

Nyota Uhura used the word "astronauts" to refer to the crew of the USS Enterprise in one of her songs. (TOS episode: "Charlie X")

Anne Gauvreau referred to the Talin who embarked on a mission to their planet's moon circa the 2270s as astronauts, though Pavel Chekov insisted "cosmonaut" was the correct term. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)

After some convincing, Zefram Cochrane finally came to accept that the crew of the USS Enterprise-E were astronauts, of a sort. (TNG movie & novelization: Star Trek: First Contact)

Benjamin Sisko had read about astronauts who used one of their thumbs to obscure the Earth from their view. (DS9 novel: Hollow Men)

Julian Bashir had seen images of Russian cosmonauts who had to be carried out of their craft by stretcher after returning to Earth. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Cathedral)



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