National Geographic : 2012 May
NEXT 1961 OTHER CITIZENSHIP PERSON'S NATIONALITY SOVIET/ RUSSIAN AMERICAN 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Anousheh Ansari (2006) First female space tourist. Ticket price for the Iranian- American: $20 million John Glenn (1998) Oldest person in space. A U.S. senator at the time, he was 77 years old. Svetlana Savitskaya (1984) First female spacewalker Valentina Tereshkova (1963) First woman in space Yuri Gagarin (1961) First person in space. His trip lasted 108 minutes. (1994) Valeri Polyakov holds the record for the most time in space on a single trip: 437 days, 18 hours. (1990) Toyohiro Aki- yama, a Japanese TV reporter, becomes the first paying commercial customer in space. (1969) Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on another world: the moon. (1983) Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.