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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The Last Hubble Servicing Mission: Q&A with Photographer Michael Soluri
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-125, which serviced the Hubble Space Telescope for the final time in May 2009.
April 24th, 2015
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the leadup to the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Astronaut Celebrates World Book Day in Space with Tiny Tomes (Photo)
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti celebrated World Book Day in space on April 23, 2015 with this photo of five tiny books on the International Space Station.
April 23rd, 2015
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not just a space traveler, she's apparently also a bibliophile who can't bear to be apart from her books, even in space. See how she celebrated World Book Day off Planet Earth.
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Strapping Space Sales: Astronauts' Moon Backpack Straps Up for Auction
Bean's Life Support Backpack Strap
April 20th, 2015
Two fabric straps that held in place the life support backpacks worn by astronauts while they walked on the moon are up for auction, along with hundreds of other space artifacts at a pair of space history-themed sales.
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SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule to Undergo Key Safety Test on May 5
SpaceX’s Dragon Pad Abort Test Vehicle
April 24th, 2015
SpaceX aims to subject a Dragon test vehicle to a "pad abort" trial at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as May 5. The unmanned test will demonstrate how Dragon might respond in the event of a launch problem.
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Play Astronaut Scott Kelly's Space Pic Geography Game
A photo taken by astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station is the first in a weekly geography quiz game that Kelly will run on Twitter.
April 22nd, 2015
Astronaut Scott Kelly has started a geography game, asking Twitter users to identify locations on Earth based on photos from space.
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Incredible Technology: NASA's Wild Airship Idea for Cloud Cities on Venus
Venus Cloud City
April 20th, 2015
NASA researchers have come up with a plan to send piloted, helium-filled airships cruising through Venusian skies. The idea, called the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), could eventually lead to cloud cities on the planet.
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SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Capsule Arrives at Space Station
An unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers fresh NASA supplies to the International Space Station on April 17, 2015 in this still from a exterior station camera. It was SpaceX's sixth commercial cargo delivery for NASA.
April 17th, 2015
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled Dragon with the space station's huge robotic arm at about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Friday (April 17), securing the commercial capsule to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
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Mercury Space Capsule Returns to Kansas After Overseas Art Exhibition
Liberty Bell 7 at Kansas Cosmosphere
April 21st, 2015
A historic U.S. spacecraft that launched the second American astronaut into space has landed back in Kansas after spending eight months overseas. Liberty Bell 7 returned to the Kansas Cosmosphere following its loan to an art exhibition in Germany.
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