Demographics of human spaceflight
A total of 568 humans have been into space under the international definition of an astronaut set by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale — which specifies achieving an altitude higher than 100 kilometres (62 miles; 330,000 feet) and crossing the Kármán line.
This data visualisation examines the demographics of all individuals that have travelled into space including age, time in space, number of missions to space, sex and nationality. Data is based on each individual's first time in space.
The youngest individual in space was(age 25, USSR) who went into space in August 1961. When (age 77, USA) travelled aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in October 1998 he became the oldest individual to travel into space. However, Glenn first went into space at age 41 in January 1964 as part of the Mercury program.
(age 63, USA) became the oldest individual to travel into space for the first time in June 2004. The average (mean) age of individuals first travelling into space is 39.9 years and the most common (mode) age is 37 years with 58 individuals (or 9.9%) being of this age.
Time in space
(Russia) has spent the most time in space with 878 days in orbit. (USA) has spent the most time in space for an American with 665 days in orbit. With many missions involving long stays on the Mir and International Space Stations, the average (mean) time spent in space is 97.4 days. However the most common (mode) time spent in space per individual is 7 days, with only 38 (6.7%) of all individuals having spent this amount of time in orbit.
Three individuals have spent less than half an hour in space:(around five minutes, USA), (around ten minutes, USA) and (22 total minutes, USA). Binnie and Melvill crossed the Kármán line while in the SpaceShipOne (in June and October 2004 respectively) while Walker crossed the Kármán line in an X-15 in July 1965.
Number of missions to space
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The majority (64.4%) of individuals into space have been travelled on multiple missions. Franklin Chang-Diaz (USA) and Jerry L. Ross (USA) have both flown seven Space Shuttle missions — the most number of missions into space. Joseph Walker (USA) crossed the Kármán line on two missions in July and August 1963 — however each flight was only 11 minutes in length.
Only 64 (11%) of humans in space have been female. The first female in space was(USSR) in June 1963. However, it was 19 years before another female went into space when (USSR) entered into orbit in July 1982. The following year (USA) became the first American woman in space in June 1983.
Some countries that have sent their citizens into space no longer exist; below is a rationalised list showing the primary nationality of all humans in space — specifically the flag patch they wore on their space suit.
There are also many dual nationals in this list. Seven British-born astronauts have gone into space, but onlyand have worn a British flag on their space suit — , , , and all went into space under the US flag.
Canada - 10 (2%) France - 10 (2%) Italy - 7 (1%) Germany - 7 (1%) Other - 38 (7%) currently in space
Credits and sources
The data used here is mostly from the Wikipedia article List of astronauts by first flight and subsequent data on each individual that has been into space. The raw data can be viewed as a Google Spreadsheet. It was compiled, written and visualised by James Offer. Please send any corrections or comments to me at email@example.com. All content is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence.