How many people have been to space from each country?
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On the 20th of July 2021 Jeff Bezos went into space. It was the first fully automated flight with civilian passengers. Since Yuri Gagarin went into space in 1961 as the first human ever to do so, many have followed him over the years. To be precise a total of 578 humans have been into space (at the time of writing: 2-sep-2021). On this map, we’re going to have a look at where these space travellers were from. To be clear, this map counts the unique number of people that have been into space. So, if one person has been into space multiple times, it counts as 1.
First off, where does ‘space’ actually begin? Well, for this map, I’ve used the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale criterion of achieving an altitude higher than 100 km (62 mi; 330,000 ft), thereby crossing the Kármán line.
The United States is still the country that has by far the highest number of space travellers: 356. That’s more than 60 percent of all space travellers.
Russia/ the Soviet Union is second, with 104 space travellers. For the Soviet Union, the space travellers were divided by the present-day country they were born in. If you would want to add all Soviet space travellers to Russia’s number, it would have a total of 125 space travellers. All space travellers from Azerbaijan, Belarus and Latvia went to space for the Soviet Union. For Kazakhstan and Ukraine, all but one space traveller went to space for the Soviet Union.
In a shared 4th place are China and Japan, whom both send 12 people into space.