How Many People Are in Space Right Now?
Last Updated: March 14, 2023
Space exploration has captivated the world’s imagination for decades, with countless individuals dreaming of one day venturing beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Today, that dream has become a reality for a select few.
So, how many people are in space right now? In this article, we’ll discover the names of the brave men and women currently living and working aboard the two space stations currently in orbit around the planet.
As of March 17, 2023 there are 10 people currently living and working in space.
Here's a quick rundown 👇
- 4 Astronauts
- 3 Cosmonauts
- 3 Taikonauts
By Country 🌍
- 3 Americans 🇺🇸
- 3 Russians 🇷🇺
- 3 Chinese 🇨🇳
- 1 Emirati 🇦🇪
There are currently 7 people onboard the ISS
The crew of the ISS is usually made up of seven people from different countries, reflecting the collaborative and international nature of the space station. When a new crew arrives and departs, there may be a temporary overlap period during which the number of crew members exceeds the usual limit.
Sergey Prokopyev is a Russian cosmonaut who was selected by the Russian Federal Space Agency in 2010. He was a member of the Expedition 56/57 crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. He has logged a total of 196 days in space. Prior to his career as a cosmonaut, Prokopyev served as a military pilot in the Russian Air Force.
Sergey joined the ISS via the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. He has been in space since September 2022.
Frank Rubio is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and a medical doctor who was selected by NASA as part of the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Prior to his selection as an astronaut, Rubio served in various leadership roles in the Army, including as a flight surgeon and a special operations surgeon.
Frank joined the ISS via the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. He has been in space since September 2022.
Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Petelin is a Russian cosmonaut born in Kazakhstan in 1983. He graduated from South Ural State University in 2006 with a degree in aircraft and helicopter engineering, and later became an engineer for NIK, LLC. In 2012, he was selected as a cosmonaut and completed his training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, becoming a test cosmonaut in 2014.
Sergey joined the ISS via the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. He has been in space since September 2022.
Stephen Bowen is a retired US Navy submariner and NASA astronaut who has completed four spaceflights, including three Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS). He flew on both STS-132 and STS-133, becoming the only astronaut to fly on consecutive shuttle missions.
Stephen joined the ISS as part of the SpaceX Crew-6 mission. He has been in space since March 2023.
Sultan Al Neyadi
Al Neyadi was chosen as one of two Emirati astronauts from a pool of 4,022 candidates, after passing physical and mental tests in the UAE and Russia. Later, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) negotiated for a six-month ISS mission for a UAE crew member, with Al Neyadi as the logical choice. The MBRSC’s request was granted and Al Neyadi was given a seat on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 rotation flight to the ISS, marking his first time in space.
Sulten joined the ISS as part of the SpaceX Crew-6 mission. He has been in space since March 2023.
Warren “Woody” Hoburg is a NASA astronaut and pilot. He was selected in 2017 to join the astronaut candidate class and completed initial training to become eligible for a mission assignment. In addition to his academic and research achievements, Hoburg is also a two-time recipient of the AIAA Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award.
Warren joined the ISS as part of the SpaceX Crew-6 mission. He has been in space since March 2023.
Fediaev is a retired major from the Russian Air Force, where he logged over 500 hours in Russian aircraft before retiring in 2013. He joined the cosmonaut corps in 2012 and became a test cosmonaut in 2014. Fediaev was recently assigned to the SpaceX Crew-6 mission as one of the mission specialists, scheduled for launch in February 2023.
Andrey joined the ISS as part of the SpaceX Crew-6 mission. He has been in space since March 2023.
Where is the ISS right now?
If you want to know where the ISS is right now, the map below allows you to see exactly where the ISS is currently located. The yellow line shows the ISS trajectory for the last 90 minutes (past) while the white line shows the ISS trajectory for the next 90 minutes (future). This map also displays the areas where it is daytime (white) and the areas where it is nighttime (black).
Map Source: www.esa.int By Iacopo Baroncini
Live ISS Twitter Feed
ISS Video Feeds
This external camera called the High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV) was operational from April 2014 until August 2019. This feed now continually streams past broadcast.
There are currently 3 people onboard the Tiangong Space Station
The Tiangong Space Station is an orbital laboratory operated by China. Tiangong means “heavenly palace” in Chinese, and the space station is intended to be a symbol of China’s rising technological and scientific prowess.
Fei Junlong is a Chinese military pilot and astronaut who was the commander of the Shenzhou 6 mission, China’s second crewed spaceflight. Fei has received many awards and honors, including the Chinese May 4 Medal for Youth Having Outstanding Contributions, the Aerospace Achievement Medal, and the honorary title of “Space Hero” in 2005.
Fei Junlong joined the TSS as part of the Shenzhou 15 mission. He has been in space since November 2022.
Deng Qingming is a Chinese astronaut who was born in Yihuang County, Jiangxi province. He served as a fighter pilot in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force before being selected to be an astronaut in 1998. He was announced as a backup member for four previous Shenzhou missions before being selected as part of the crew that currently resides on the TSS.
Deng Qingming joined the TSS as part of the Shenzhou 15 mission. He has been in space since November 2022.
Zhang Lu is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He was born in November 1976 in Hanshou County, Hunan, China. After graduating from the PLA Air Force Aviation University in 2000, he became a fighter pilot in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force
Zang Lu joined the TSS as part of the Shenzhou 15 mission. He has been in space since November 2022.
Where is the TSS right now?
If you want to know where the TSS is right now, the map below allows you to see exactly where the orbital station is currently located in the sky.
TSS Twitter Feed
Frequently Asked Questions
How do astronauts travel to space stations?
Astronauts travel to space stations aboard spacecraft, such as Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, or China’s Shenzhou spacecraft. Once the spacecraft docks with the space station, the astronauts transfer from the spacecraft to the space station.
More information: How long does it take to reach the ISS?
How big are the ISS and the TSS?
The International Space Station (ISS) is approximately 357 feet (109 meters) end-to-end. The Chinese Tiangong Space Station (TSS) is expected to be slightly smaller, with a planned length of 189 feet (55 meters).
More information: How large is the ISS?
At what altitude do astronauts live and work in space?
The ISS orbits around the planet at an altitude of approximately 408 km (253 miles) above the surface surface. In comparison, the TSS orbits at an altitude of approximately 375 km (233 miles) above the surface.
Can they communicate with their families whilst in space?
Yes, astronauts in space can communicate with their families through various means. They can use email, video conferencing, and even make phone calls using a special satellite phone. NASA also provides a service called the Crew Support System (CSS) which allows crew members to communicate with their loved ones.
More information: How do astronauts keep in touch with their families from space?
How long do astronauts typically stay in space?
Generally speaking, Astronauts stay in space for around six months at a time, although some missions can last longer or shorter depending on the specific goals and needs of the mission. The length of stay is usually decided by the space agency responsible for the mission (NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA, and more)
More information: How long do astronauts’ missions in space last?
What are the risks associated with long-duration spaceflight?
Long-duration spaceflight can expose astronauts to a variety of risks, including radiation exposure, bone and muscle loss, changes in the cardiovascular system, and psychological stress. Additionally, long-term isolation and confinement can have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing.
How do astronauts return to Earth after their mission is over?
Astronauts typically return to Earth via a spacecraft that is specifically designed for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft usually consists of a capsule that carries the crew and is equipped with a heat shield to protect it from the intense heat generated during re-entry. The spacecraft uses a parachute system to slow its descent and ensure a safe landing.
More information: The re-entry: How do astronauts get back to earth?
Why can't they walk after landing on Earth?
During their time in space, their bodies have adapted to the microgravity environment, and their muscles and bones have weakened due to lack of use. This can make it difficult for them to adjust to the stronger gravitational pull of Earth after their mission. It typically takes several days or even weeks for astronauts to fully readjust to Earth’s gravity and regain their normal physical abilities.
More information: 3 reasons why astronauts can’t walk after landing on earth
What is the record for the longest time an astronaut has spent in space?
Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov holds the record for the longest consecutive time an astronaut has spent in space during the same mission, with 437 days on board the Mir space station.
Meanwhile, the record for the most time spent in space over multiple missions belongs to another Russian cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka, who accumulated a total of 878 days in space throughout his career.
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