Astronauts at Arlington National Cemetery

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As of January 2023 there are 28 NASA astronauts interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn more about these astronauts who served our country in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs.

The photo at the top of this page was taken on January 31, 2017, NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance. Wreaths were placed at the graves of Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee (shown in the photo) and the Columbia  and Challenger crew memorials.

Video tours of some of these grave sites are posted on my YouTube channel.

Michael P. AndersonVirgil I. “Gus” Grissom & his wife Betty
Charles A. Bassett IIHenry W. “Hank” Hartsfield Jr. & his wife Fran
Alan L. BeanJames B. Irwin
David M. Brown, MDRobert F. Overmyer
Roger B. ChaffeeAlan G. “Dex” Poindexter & his son Samuel
Laurel B. Salton Clark, MDStuart A. Roosa & his wife Joan
Michael CollinsFrancis R. “Dick” Scobee
Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr.
Elliot M. See Jr.
Donn F. Eisele
Michael J. Smith
Theodore C. Freeman
Stephen D. Thorne
C. Gordon Fullterton
David M. Walker
John H. Glenn Jr. & his wife Annie
Clifton C. “C.C.” Williams Jr.
Richard F. Gordon Jr.
Alfred M. Worden & his wife Jill
S. David Griggs & his wife Karen John W. Young

The information in this section comes from a variety of sources, including NASA’s web site,, and personal walks through the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and research conducted over more than 20 years. More content will be added soon.

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites. Desktop and mobile versions are available.

Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Memorials

There are memorials at the cemetery to the crews of the final missions of Challenger and Columbia. Both are located just west of the Memorial Amphitheater near the mast of the U.S.S. Maine. Photo credit NASA.

Apollo 1 Monument

The Apollo 1 monument was dedicated on June 2, 2022, commemorating the crew of the first Apollo mission, Command Module Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, who died on January 27, 1967 in a fire during a pre-launch test of the Apollo spacecraft. The monument is located in Section 3, near the gravesites of Grissom and Chaffee. White is buried at West Point Cemetery in New York.

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