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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Deadly SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused by Co-Pilot Error: NTSB
The twin tail booms on Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo are seen swiveling into their feathered position in this image from a tail-mounted camera taken just before the spacecraft broke apart, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot, during an Oct.
July 28th, 2015
The fatal breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo space plane last year was caused by a co-pilot error, as well as the failure of the spacecraft's builders to anticipate such a catastrophic mistake, federal safety investigators say.
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Moon Base Would Be Cheap with Help from Private Industry: Report
ASD Lunar Polar Mining Base
July 27th, 2015
The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
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Tale of Two Patches: Soyuz Crew Launching to Station Pays Tribute to Apollo
Soyuz TMA-17M Mission Patch
July 22nd, 2015
What is blue, gold, and silver and links the final manned mission to launch to the moon with the next crew flying to the International Space Station? The Soyuz TMA-17M crew's mission patch.
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Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Funded, Smithsonian Takes Next 'Giant Leap' on Kickstarter
Smithsonian's 'Reboot the Suit' Kickstarter
July 28th, 2015
The Smithsonian's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize, and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit rocketed to success and is now reaching to "reboot" Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 suit and other historic space artifacts.
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UK Space Agency Unveils National Strategy
Tim Peake, British ESA Astronaut
July 27th, 2015
The UK Space Agency has released its National Strategy for Space Environments and Human Spaceflight. This strategy covers a range of scientific and technical disciplines, giving a picture for activities that use the space environment.
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Astronauts Launching to Space Station Today: Watch Live
Soyuz Rocket Rolls out to the Pad
July 22nd, 2015
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan's Kimiya Yui are scheduled to blast off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT). Watch the launch here on Space.com.
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Dawn Probe Back in Action at Dwarf Planet Ceres After Glitch
Dawn Travels to Third Science Orbit
July 17th, 2015
Dawn began spiraling down to its third Ceres science orbit on June 30 but experienced a problem almost immediately and went into a protective "safe mode." The mission team has now determined what happened and cleared Dawn to return to work.
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How the Pluto Team Survived a Decade of Waiting
research, starting journey
July 27th, 2015
It took almost a decade for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to navigate its way across the solar system. Was it worth the wait?
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Russia Launches New Space Station Crew After 2-Month Delay
A Russian Soyuz TMA-17M rocket launches three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 44 crew on July 22, 2015 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, where the local time was early July 23. The Soyuz carried NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgre
July 22nd, 2015
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of Japan blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT). The trio arrived at the space station at 10:45 p.m. EDT.
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SpaceX Rocket Explosion Likely Caused by Faulty Strut, Elon Musk Says
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28, 2015. SpaceX has traced the failure to a faulty strut on the rocket's second stage, CEO Elon Musk said on July 20.
July 20th, 2015
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 20) that the June 28 failure of its Falcon 9 rocket was likely caused by a faulty steel strut on the upper stage, which broke during ascent, leading to the destruction of the rocket and Dragon capsule.
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