A galactic thank you to Astronaut and former NASA Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin, for sharing our #GivingTuesday message sent out by the Foundation for Space Development.
Learn more about Leland and his Shuttle Atlantis missions on Wikipedia.
“Did You Know?”
Astronauts are considered to only be professionals who have been trained by a manned spaceflight program to command, fly as a pilot, or serve as a crew member of a manned spacecraft.
Although many non-professional space travelers have been called astronauts after crossing the Karman Line at 100km high this is strictly not true.
There have been 568 Professional Astronauts to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronauts_by_name
For a list of all space travelers to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_travelers_by_name