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There was a mention of the order in which various countries have had people go into space. This is the order:

 

1

USSR

12 Apr 1961

Yuri Gagarin

Vostok 1

 

2

USA

5 May 1961

Alan Shepard

Mercury 3 (Freedom 7)

(This was a sub-orbital flight. The first American in orbit was John Glenn)

 

3

Czechoslovakia

2 Mar 1978

Vladimir Remek

Soyuz 28

 

4

Poland

27 Jun 1978

Miroslaw Hermaszewski

Soyuz 30

 

5

East Germany

26 Aug 1978

Sigmund Jähn

Soyuz 31

 

6

Bulgaria

10 Apr 1979

Georgi Ivanov

Soyuz 33

 

7

Hungary

26 May 1980

Bertalan Farkas

Soyuz 36

 

8

Vietnam

23 Jul 1980

Pham Tuan

Soyuz 37

 

9

Cuba

18 Sep 1980

Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez

Soyuz 38

 

10

Mongolia

22 Mar 1981

Zhugderdemidyin Gurragcha

Soyuz 39

 

11

Rumania

14 May 1981

Dumitru Prunariu

Soyuz 40

 

12

France

24 Jun 1982

Jean-Loup Chrétien

Soyuz T-6

 

13

West Germany

28 Nov 1983

Ulf Merbold

STS-9/Spacelab 1

 

14

India

3 Apr 1984

Rakesh Sharma

Soyuz T-11

 

15

Canada

5 Oct 1984

Marc Garneau

STS-41G

 

16

Saudi Arabia

17 Jun 1985

Prince Sultan Salman Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

STS-51G

 

17

Netherlands

30 Oct 1985

Wubbo Ockels

STS-61A/Spacelab D-1

 

18

Mexico

26 Nov 1985

Rodolfo Neri

STS-61B

 

19

Syria

22 Jul 1987

Muhammed Faris

Soyuz TM-3

 

20

Afghanistan

29 Aug 1988

Abdulahad Mohmand

Soyuz TM-6

 

21

Japan

2 Dec 1990

Toyohiro Akiyama

Soyuz TM-11

 

22

United Kingdom

18 May 1991

Helen Sharman

Soyuz TM-12

(The UK is the first country whose first astronaut is female)

 

= 23

Kazakhstan

2 Oct 1991

Toktar Aubarikov

Soyuz TM-13

 

= 23

Austria

2 Oct 1991

Franz Viehboeck

Soyuz TM-13

 

25

Belgium

24 Mar 1992

Dirk Firmout

STS-45

 

= 26

Italy

31 Jul 1992

Franco Malerba

STS-46

 

= 26

Switzerland

31 Jul 1992

Claude Nicollier

STS-46

 

28

Ukraine

19 Nov 1997

Leonid Kadenyuk

STS-87

 

29

Spain

29 Oct 1998

Pedro Duque

STS-95

 

30

Slovakia

20 Feb 1999

Ivan Bella

Soyuz TM-29

 

31

South Africa

25 Apr 2002

Mark Shuttleworth

Soyuz TM-34

 

32

Israel

16 Jan 2003

Ilan Ramon

STS-107

(died when spacecraft broke up during re-entry)

 

33

China

15 Oct 2003

Yang Liwei

Shenzhou 5

 

34

Brazil

30 Mar 2006

Marcos Pontes

Soyuz TMA-8

 

35

Sweden

10 December 2006

Christer Fuglesang

STS-116

 

36

Malaysia

10 October 2007

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

Soyuz TMA-11

 

37

South Korea

8 Apr 2008

Yi So-yeon

Soyuz TMA-12

 

38

Denmark

2 September 2015

Andreas Mogensen

Soyuz TMA-18M

 

39

United Arab Emirates

25 September 2019

Hazzaa Al Mansoori

Soyuz MS-15

 

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3 hours ago, Mike said:

:yahoo: go Great Britain! :blink:

 

China being 33rd was a surprise.  Thought they'd be further up the pecking order. :shrug:

Well, if you count countries who launched their own people rather than hitching a lift, they're third!

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1 hour ago, GordonD said:

Well, if you count countries who launched their own people rather than hitching a lift, they're third!

That explains a lot actually.  It's been a weird day and I'm not very thinky. :wacko:

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BTW apologies for the layout of the original post - I tried to post in the form of a table but couldn't get it to work.

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9 minutes ago, Rob G said:

Australia should be on the list somewhere too. Paul Scully-Power, from Sydney, was an oceanographer who flew as a shuttle payload specialist in 1984 (STS-41-G). He had to become a US citizen to do it, but even so...

That's why he's not on the list! Bjarni Tryggvason was born in Iceland but was a Canadian citizen when he flew on STS-85. And if you really want to get picky, Italy should be third on the list because Mike Collins was born in Rome! It goes by citizenship.

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3 hours ago, GordonD said:

That's why he's not on the list! Bjarni Tryggvason was born in Iceland but was a Canadian citizen when he flew on STS-85. And if you really want to get picky, Italy should be third on the list because Mike Collins was born in Rome! It goes by citizenship.

 

Odd that my post was resurrected, I removed the text and hid it. Guess BM's still playing silly buggers.

 

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Interesting list.

 

Britain should have been earlier in that list as well. RAF Squadron Leader Nigel Wood was chosen as a payload specialist  to accompany the launch of the British military communications satellite Skynet 4 - which was scheduled for launch on a space shuttle mission in 1986. However, the Challenger accident caused this flight to be cancelled and the subsequent Skynet launches were all launched atop expendable, unmanned, rockets.

So Wood never got to fly.

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On 03/10/2019 at 14:25, GordonD said:

That's why he's not on the list! Bjarni Tryggvason was born in Iceland but was a Canadian citizen when he flew on STS-85. And if you really want to get picky, Italy should be third on the list because Mike Collins was born in Rome! It goes by citizenship.

A number of non US nationals obtained US citizenship so that they would be eligible to fly as NASA astronauts. Two Brits who did this were the late Piers Sellers and Michael Foale.

However, I don't think Collins was ever an Italian citizen, despite being born in Rome. His dad was a high ranking US Army air attaché based in Italy at the time of Mike's birth so Collins was always a US citizen.

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15 hours ago, Eric Mc said:

A number of non US nationals obtained US citizenship so that they would be eligible to fly as NASA astronauts. Two Brits who did this were the late Piers Sellers and Michael Foale.

However, I don't think Collins was ever an Italian citizen, despite being born in Rome. His dad was a high ranking US Army air attaché based in Italy at the time of Mike's birth so Collins was always a US citizen.

Oh, I wasn't being serious. I know citizenship and place of birth are two different things. But you can win bets by asking people who was the first man to win Wimbledon who was born in West Germany - the answer isn't Boris Becker, but John McEnroe, who was born in Wiesbaden. Like Collins, his dad was in the US Air Force.

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On 02/10/2019 at 12:31, Mike said:

:yahoo: go Great Britain! :blink:

 

China being 33rd was a surprise.  Thought they'd be further up the pecking order. :shrug:

Nobody wanted to give them a lift. They had to wait until they'd built and designed their own spacecraft and launcher.

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2 hours ago, Bandsaw Steve said:

I see Russia is still waiting to go! 🤪

Russia is the only country to have citizens landing before any were launched! 

 

Sergei Krikalev and Aleksandr Volkov were aboard Mir as Expedition 10 when the USSR broke up. So they were launched as Soviets and landed as Russians.

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2 hours ago, GordonD said:

Russia is the only country to have citizens landing before any were launched! 

What an interesting fact! That’s really cool!

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