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Trivia Question for February 20, 2014 – Orbiting the Earth

Friendship 7On this date in history…  52 years ago on February 20, 1962, Astronaut John Glen became the third person and the first American to orbit the Earth.  He completed 3 Earth orbits in the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 in a mission that lasted less than 5 hours.

QUESTION:

In total, how many people have orbited the Earth?  (Extra credit question: How many people are currently in space orbiting the Earth?)

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