Captivated by the cosmos? You might enjoy this list of space-inspired baby names:
Robert (and Nell)
American physicist Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket (nicknamed Nell) in Auburn, Massachusetts on March 16, 1926.
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space and return safely on April 12, 1961.
Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961.
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on 16 June 1963.
Alexey (and Eva)
Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov carried out the first EVA (extra-vehicular activity–in this case, a spacewalk) on March 18, 1965.
Edwin and Neil
Astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Czechoslovak cosmonaut Vladimír Remek became the first Non-American, non-Soviet in space on 2 March 1978.
Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on 18 June 1983.
Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a spacewalk on 25 July 1984.
Astronaut Anna Fisher became the first mother in space* on 8 November 1984.
British cosmonaut Helen Sharman became the first non-American, non-Soviet female in space on 18 May 1991.
American biochemist Peggy Whitson became the first resident scientist of the International Space Station in 2002.
And now, a couple of questions:
- Can you come up with any other space-related baby names?
- What interests/activities should we namestorm about next?
*By “the first mother in space,” I mean the first woman with children to go into space, not the first woman to give birth in space.