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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Space Station Gets a New Laser, Fruit Flies and Wriggly Worms, Too
This video frame shows a robotic arm on the International Space Station, called the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System, installing NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) on the orbiting lab's Japanese Experiment Module on Jan. 22,
January 28th, 2015
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
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NASA Marks Space Disaster Anniversaries with Day of Remembrance
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger's STS-51L mission, which ended in tragedy shortly after launch on Jan. 28, 1986. They are (from left to right): Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith and Ellison
January 28th, 2015
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
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Private Space Taxis on Track to Fly in 2017
NASA's Commercial Crew Program aims to encourage private American spaceships to start flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017. SpaceX and Boeing are on track to meet this deadline, representatives of both companies say.
January 26th, 2015
The private spaceflight companies Boeing and SpaceX are on track to start launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, representatives of both firms say.
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Astronaut Sees Huge Winter Storm from Space (Photos)
NASA astronaut Terry Virts took this photo of the January 2015 winter storm from the International Space Station. He posted the picture, which shows the storm churning near Boston, on Twitter on Jan. 28.
January 28th, 2015
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the monster winter storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled and churned over New England.
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NASA Mars Plan Criticized in Kickstarter Project, 'Fight for Space'
 'Fight for Space' Movie
January 27th, 2015
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
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NASA, SpaceX, Boeing to Host News Conference Monday: Watch Live
Launch America Graphic
January 26th, 2015
NASA, SpaceX and Boeing will host a news conference Monday (Jan. 26) to update the public on the progress of the space agency's commercial crew program. You can watch the press event live on Space.com.
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Obama Hails NASA Astronaut Set for 1-Year Space Voyage in State of the Union
Scott Kelly at the State of the Union Address, 2015
January 21st, 2015
President Barack Obama recognized the first American astronaut who will spend a year in space during the State of Union address Tuesday (Jan. 20).
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
January 28th, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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Planetary Society's LightSail Solar Sail to Launch in May
Artist's concept of the Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft in orbit.
January 27th, 2015
The Planetary Society's first LightSail spacecraft will blast off in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved orbital trial in 2016.
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Planetarium's Apollo 13 Astronaut Exhibit to Get Crowdfunded Redesign
Adler Planetarium's 'Mission Moon' Exhibit
January 23rd, 2015
America's first planetarium wants to improve how it tells the story of a famous Apollo 13 astronaut, and needs your help to do it. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is redesigning its exhibit 'Shoot for the Moon' to immerse visitors in the life of James Lo
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