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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.

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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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