The women and men in space all got their start in Earth-bound colleges and universities—many by pursuing degrees in aerospace engineering.
This month marked 47 years since the first moon landing. To celebrate, U.S. News & World Report looked at which colleges and universities have produced the most astronauts, in terms of bachelor's and graduate degrees.
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The top 12 are:
- United States Naval Academy: 52 astronaut alumni
- United States Air Force Academy: 36 astronaut alumni
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 34 astronaut alumni
- Naval Postgraduate School: 32 astronaut alumni
- Stanford University: 21 astronaut alumni
- Purdue University-West Lafayette: 20 astronaut alumni
- United States Military Academy: 18 astronaut alumni
- University of Colorado-Boulder: 14 astronaut alumni
- Georgia Institute of Technology: 14 astronaut alumni
- University of Texas at Austin: 12 astronaut alumni
- University of Washington: 12 astronaut alumni
- Air Force Institute of Technology: 12 astronaut alumni
(Somers, U.S. News & World Report, 7/20).
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