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Q. How old do you have to be to go into space? — Karimah C.
A. So far, the youngest person ever to travel in Outer Space has been Gherman Titov from Russia. His opportunity came during the time that Russia and surrounding countries were one large nation known as the Soviet Union, or USSR.
Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov flew to Space about a week before his 26th birthday in 1961. Gherman Titov also was the first person to spend more than a day in space.
In the United States, NASA hs no minimum age for astronauts, but to be hired as an astronaut, a person needs a college degree. A master's degree or Ph.D. is even better. For that reason alone, there arne't any teenagers among space shuttle crews.
Of course, ordinary folks will fly in space not too far in the future. There are commercial companies preparing now to sell trips into space for those who can afford to buy tickets for seats. Eventually, the cost of a ticket for a seat on a spaceliner will be low enough for anyone to go.
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