It’s a history…Ten people at once celebrated New year in Space

2022 was well celebrated in near-earth orbit by a group of people and it was the first time in history as it was an ever-packed trip in space.  The Russian space agency, Roscosmos announced the news in which it was reported that there were seven on the International Space Station and three on the Chinese Tiangong Space Station and together with a total of ten people on board.

“This was the most crowded New Year’s celebration in orbit in the history of manned space exploration,” Roscosmos said in a statement. The statement from Roskomos said, there were 83 people in total who have met on the ISS over the past 21 years. However, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov celebrated four New Years in orbit – 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2022.

On the ISS, the seven onboard were identified as Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov work alongside NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hai, Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, and ESA astronaut Mathias Maurer. On the Tiangong space station, there were Hai Zhigang, Wang Yaping, and Ye Guangfu work.

Holidays in space were relatively uncommon in the early years of the space programme, making them all the more memorable. Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko were the first cosmonauts to celebrate the New Year in orbit in 1977-1978.

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Holidays in space grew more prevalent as space travel became longer. With the launch of the Soviet Mir space station in 1986, New Year’s Eve became a regular occurrence: 12 Mir crews spent the holiday in orbit.