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12:13 PM | September 16, 2021

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A new record for the maximum number of people present in low Earth orbit at the same time was set on 16 September, as 14 individuals were there.

This breaks the previous record set in March 1995, when 13 astronauts were in space.

Currently, there are seven people on the International Space Station (ISS): Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, US astronauts Mark Wande Hai, Shane Kimbrow, and Megan MacArthur, France’s Thomas Pesquet and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide, the ISS commander.

Overnight into Thursday, the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft docked with China’s Tiangong station to bring back to Earth three Chinese astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo.

Around the same time, the crewed spacecraft Crew Dragon was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida by a Falcon 9 launcher. The crew of the Inspiration4 mission, which is raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, includes four US citizens: businessman Jared Isaacman, researcher Sian Proctor, medic Hayley Arceneaux, and US Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski.

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