Space Travel Statistics
Last Updated on: February 23rd, 2022
Here is a collection of some of the most interesting space travel statistics and facts I have stumbled across in my internet travels. These posts cover both the industry and individual companies and organizations.
Space Travel Fun Facts
- The first human in space was Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, who orbited the Earth aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961.
- The first American astronaut to orbit the Earth was John Glenn, who completed three orbits on February 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft.
- The first moon landing was on July 20, 1969, by the Apollo 11 mission, with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
- The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest human-made object in space, with a mass of over 400 metric tons and a length of 109 meters.
- Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space, aboard the Soviet Vostok 6 mission in 1963.
- The space shuttle Columbia was the first reusable spacecraft to be launched into space, on April 12, 1981.
- The first privately-funded spacecraft to reach space was SpaceShipOne, which completed two successful flights in 2004.
- The farthest distance traveled by humans from Earth was during the Apollo 13 mission, when the crew reached a distance of approximately 400,000 km from Earth.
- The fastest human-made object ever launched was the Parker Solar Probe, which reached a speed of over 430,000 miles per hour in 2021.
- The first commercial spaceflight carrying civilians was launched by SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in September 2021, with a crew of four passengers.
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