Just about every kid growing up has expressed interest in pursuing one of the most dangerous and courageous careers in the literal (known) universe: becoming an astronaut. What is it about space travel that lends itself to the daydreams and fantasies of impressionable young men and women?
Blame the usual suspects: the media. Film and television have romanticized and glorified the already prestigious position to a point of no return, sorta like space itself. And because there have been so many incredible space-themed movies in the past few decades, picking the best characters from the brood proved to be an exciting experience—just like being a little kid again, except I've mastered control over my bowels.
Here are 12 popular movie astronauts from film history—ranked by style, character, perseverance, level of commitment, and how much they died at the end.