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More than 600 human beings have now been to space, shows data

The tally began in 1961, when Russia's Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth

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Joey Roulette | NYT 

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Three rookie astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for just launched to for the first time. They’ve tipped the number of people to have gone to to over 600, acc­o­rding to a tally by

Matthias Maurer, Crew-3’s mission specialist and a Ger­man astronaut representing the European Agency, will officially be considered the 600th person in space. The superlative was determined by the crew’s order of mission specialist designations: Raja Chari, a astronaut and Crew-3’s commander, will be No 599; Maurer has the designation of mission specialist 1, and Kayla Barron, another Nasa astronaut, has been designated mission specialist 2. “I actually offered the place to Kayla,” Maurer said during a news conference, “because I think she and I will be together, like number 600.”

“I was the lucky one that got the round number, but, OK, we will all have fun in space,” he quipped.

The tally began in 1961, when Russia’s Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth. Less than a month later, Alan Shepard became the second person, and the first US astronaut, to go to space.

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First Published: Thu, November 11 2021. 23:38 IST