What Name Would You Choose?

Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra watches as the name “Sigma 7” is painted on his capsule. Photo credit: NASA

Alan Shepard was the first astronaut to name his spacecraft. He chose “Freedom 7,” a reference to the space race that was just starting between the United States and the Soviet Union when Shepard went into space on May 5, 1961. Since then, astronauts named each of their spacecraft including the iconic “Eagle” that landed men on the moon for the first time in 1969. NASA dubbed its five space shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. The next generation of crewed spacecraft built by NASA’s industry partners chose Space Vehicle (Blue Origin), CST-100 (Boeing), Dream Chaser (Sierra Nevada Corporation) and Dragon (SpaceX). If you had a spacecraft, what would you name it?

5 thoughts on “What Name Would You Choose?”

  1. If i had to pick a name then i think that i would pick a name for a space shuttle and the name for the space shuttle would be the gummy bear share. I think it would be awesome but it would be very scary for me to go into space so someone would have to try it out for me thanks.

  2. I would name the spacecraft Unity, in honor of the decades of research from different people all around the world that contributed to the creation of vehicles that allow mankind to go farther than ever before.

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