Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight

Human spaceflight has come a long way over the last 50 years since the launch of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 during the Vostok 1 mission. SPACE.com looks at just how far spaceflight has come and what's on the horizon.
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Atomic Clock Will Fly to Space Station in 2016
PHARAO Atomic Space Clock
August 21st, 2014
A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time.
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Mementos on Europe's Last Space Freighter Honor Scientist Namesakes
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August 19th, 2014
Packed on Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It's not the most important payload on the Automated Transfer Vehicle, but the box's contents commemorate the fleet's five spacecraft namesakes.
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Sea Plankton on Space Station? Russian Official Claims It's So
The International Space Station from above
August 20th, 2014
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
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Stunning Astronaut Photos Capture Beauty of Earth from Space
Night on Earth and in space
August 20th, 2014
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
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Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster
A Russian-built Angara medium-lift rocket launches on its maiden test flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on July 9. 2014.
August 19th, 2014
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
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ABC Developing 'Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' as TV Sitcom
In "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," Chris Hadfield shares what he learned from flying in space. Now, the book will serve as the basis for a sitcom being developed by ABC.
August 20th, 2014
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's advice for life on Earth has become the basis for a television sitcom. ABC committed to the production of a pilot episode for a family comedy inspired by Hadfield's book, 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.'
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Rats in Spaaace! NASA Wants to Put Rodents on Space Station
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August 19th, 2014
Call them the 'rat-stronauts.' NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.
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Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin 'Lands' on Mars in Hilarious Jockey Ad
A new Jockey ad for men's briefs claims that Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin could have landed on Mars, and all the planets, if only he had the right underwear.
August 18th, 2014
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon, but the folks behind Jockey underwear think they could have helped him conquer the galaxy.
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