Famous Passengers Aboard Space Shuttle Discovery

These astronauts aren't just cool because they took a trip of a lifetime, they also hold some famous firsts in history.

1993-08, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
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Sergei Krikalev was the first Russian cosmonaut to fly on a space shuttle, February 3, 1994. Krikalev flew on STS-60 aboard Discovery. This was the first joint U.S./Russian space shuttle mission.

Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan by NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Kathryn D. Sullivan (left) became the first woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984. During her spacewalk, Sullivan worked in the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Bernard Harris and Michael Foale prepare to leave airlock by NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Bernard A. Harris Jr. (right) became the first African American to walk in space during mission STS-63. The walk lasted 4 hours, 38 minutes.

John Glenn shooting photos on Discovery Mission STS-95 (1998-10-31) by NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

A U.S. Marine Corp aviator, engineer, astronaut, and Senator, John H. Glenn Jr. had a remarkable career. Among his many accolades, Glenn became the oldest person to travel to space and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle program.

Glenn’s return to space was aboard Discovery on October 29, 1998.

Button, "SPACE MANufacturer", McDonnell Douglas Button, "SPACE MANufacturer", McDonnell DouglasSmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Charles Walker, a McDonnell Douglas engineer, was the first corporate crewmember to go to space. He flew on Discovery’s first flight in 1984, and two other shuttle missions in 1985.

Eileen Collins (1999) by Annie Leibovitz and NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Eileen Collins was the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle and the first woman to serve as a mission commander, all aboard Discovery.

Astronauts Onizuka and Shriver (1984) by NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Ellison Onizuka became the first Asian American in space in 1985, aboard Discovery’s third flight. Onizuka joined the astronaut ranks in 1978, in the same class as Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Guion Bluford, the first African American in space. Sadly, Onizuka died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

Sultan Salman Abdelazize Al-Saud by NASASmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

In 1985, Saudi Arabia’s Sultan bin Salman Al Saud flew as payload specialist aboard Discovery’s STS-51G mission, becoming both the first Arab and first Muslim in space. He was one of a seven member international crew, which also included American and French astronauts.

Astronaut Sunita L. Williams Runs Boston Marathon, NASA, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
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Sunita Williams became the first marathon runner in space, successfully completing the Boston Marathon.

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