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Space Traveller stats and trivia

Total number of space travellers who flew to space
(including those who died in launch failures or suffered launch aborts)

... as of 6 June 2024 stands at 616,
... of which 540 (87.7%) were male, and 76 (12.3%) were female.

Average number of flights per space traveller

... currently stands at 2.23

First human in space

Yuri Gagarin (Russia) was the first man in orbit aboard Vostok 1 on 12-Apr-1961.

First (and still the youngest) woman to fly in space

Valentina Tereshkova (Russia) was 26 years, 3 months and 10 days old when flying Vostok 6 on 16-Jun-1963.

First ever space walk

Alexei Leonov (Russia) during the Voskhod 2 mission on 18-Mar-1965.

First woman to conduct a spacewalk

Svetlana Savitskaya (Russia) during the Soyuz T-12 mission on 25-Jul-1984.

First person on the moon

Neil Armstrong (USA), commander of Apollo 11 on 16-Jul-1969.

The last astronaut on the moon to date

Eugene Cernan (USA), commander of Apollo 17 was the last man to leave the moon on 14-Dec-1972.

The only astronaut of the 'Original Seven' to put his foot on the moon

Alan Shepard (USA), commander of Apollo 14 became the only moon walker from the first US astronaut group, also called the 'Mercury Seven'.

The youngest person to fly in orbit to date

Gherman Titov (Russia) was 25 years, 10 months and 25 days old when flying Vostok 2 on 06-Aug-1961.

The oldest person to fly in orbit to date

John Glenn (USA) was 77 years, 3 months and 11 days old when flying STS-95 on 29-Oct-1998.

The most frequent space travellers

Franklin Chang-Díaz (USA) and Jerry Ross (USA) both flew on seven space shuttle missions.

Most experienced space traveller

Sergei Avdeyev (Russia) on three space flights between 1992 and 1999 spent a total of 747 days, 14 hours, 22 minutes in orbit.

Most experienced female space traveller

Christina Koch (USA) during a single space flight in 2019/20 spent a total of 328 days, 13 hours, 58 minutes in orbit.

The longest single flight duration

Valeri Polyakov (Russia) spent over 437 days in orbit on the Mir space station between 08-Jan-1994 and 22-Mar-1995.

First woman to go to space twice

Svetlana Savitskaya (Russia) flew to the Salyut 7 space station in August 1982 and again in July 1984.

First woman to command a US Space Shuttle

Eileen Collins (USA) was commander on STS-93, launched 23-Jul-1999. She was again comander on STS-114, the shuttle return-to-flight mission, launched 26-Jul-2005. The only other female commander of a Space Shuttle was Pamela Melroy (USA) on STS-120, launched 23-Oct-2007.

First paying space tourist

American Dennis Tito in 2001 became the first paying passenger to visit the International Space Station (ISS) for eight days, flying on two different Soyuz TM spacecraft.

Countries with at least one space traveller

... currently 39: Afghanistan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, France, Hungaria, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Eemirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekhistan, Vietnam

Space travellers who died during spaceflights

Eighteen. One cosmonaut on Soyuz-1 (parachute deployment failure; 1967), three cosmonauts on Soyuz-11 (capsule depressurization during re-entry; 1971), seven astronauts on STS-51L (Challenger launch failure; 1986), and seven astronauts on STS-107 (Columbia re-entry breakup; 2003). Four of these space travellers were female.