Ever since humans first looked up at the stars, people have been fascinated by what exists beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Centuries of contemplating, wondering and postulating met with early technology and people realized that space was within the human grasp. Six decades later, people are still falling in love with the idea of floating around in space and walking on the moon. Although having a moonwalk is the most well-known aspect of some space flight, astronauts do much more than claim one small step for man. Along their space career journey, many accomplish tasks and make records that no one has ever set before. Read on to learn more about the growing list of astronauts you need to know. Their stories will inspire generations to come, starting with those who currently dream of reaching the stars.