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Who is the Oldest person to go into Space?

John Glenn

Age is no barrier to going into space, you just need to be able to cope with the G-Force required to get off the planet. The oldest person to venture into space is American Astronaut John Glenn. He was aged 77 when he took off onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on October 29th 1998 as a payload specialist.

It wasn't the first time that he'd gone into space, his first time in space was on 20th February 1962 as the pilot of Friendship 7 spaceship. He was the first American to orbit the Earth and only fifth person and the third American in space.

During the time of his final flight into space, he was a Democratic Senator in Ohio. He would retire from his position in Senate in January the following year.

John Glenn would live for another 17 years, dying at the grand old age of 95 in 2016.

Oldest Woman in Space

The oldest woman in space is American astronaut, Peggy Whitson. She was 57 at the time of the record that she broke. Not only is she the oldest female, she also has the accolade of having been in space the longest at 537 days for an American. The previous record was 534 days held by Jeff Williams. The longest time in space is currently held by Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka at 879 days. National Geographic

Oldest Space Tourist

Other notable old people who went into space was Dennis Tito, an American engineer who paid the Russians to allow him into space. He is the oldest and first space tourist. Space tourism is now put on hold and no more businessmen are being allowed to buy their way onto space missions. Space tourism is now in the hands of private businesses who are racing to provide the first service.

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