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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Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing 'Insurance Cover' to be Sold for Scholarships
A rare Apollo 11 'insurance cover' from the personal collection of Neil Armstrong is being sold to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The cover was donated by Armstrong's son.
October 30th, 2014
Forty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong added his autograph to an envelope for one purpose: that it be sold to provide for his family in the event he did not make it back from the moon. Now, that iconic autograph is up for auction.
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Antares Rocket Explosion: Full Coverage and Investigation
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
What caused Orbital Sciences’ private Antares rocket to explode on Oct. 28, 2014? Here’s our complete coverage of NASA’s investigation and findings.
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Robotic Russian Supply Ship Docks to International Space Station
An unmanned robotic vehicle docks to the International Space Station above the blue Atlantic Ocean.
October 29th, 2014
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship successfully docked to the International Space Station this morning (Oct. 29), only a day after a private rocket in the United States exploded after attempting to launch on another resupply run to the orbiting outpost.
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Ebola Outbreak May Hold Lessons for Handling Samples from Mars
CDC Ebola Garments
October 30th, 2014
Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle Martian samples brought back to Earth from the Red Planet, which could host extraterrestrial microbes.
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NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission Won't Help Astronauts Reach Mars: Scientist
Artist's Concept of Astronaut Visiting Captured Asteroid
October 29th, 2014
NASA should scrap its bold asteroid-capture mission idea and instead launch a comprehensive search for near-Earth asteroids to visit in their native orbits, MIT professor Richard Binzel says.
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NASA Warns Public to Stay Away from Antares Rocket Debris
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
The rocket exploded in a massive fireball just seconds after blasting off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening, scattering debris over a wide area. This debris should not be touched, NASA officials said.
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Private Orbital Sciences Rocket Explodes During Launch, NASA Cargo Lost
Antares Rocket Explosion 3
October 28th, 2014
An unmanned Antares rocket built by the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded in a massive fireball just after launch on Tuesday (Oct. 28), a shocking failure after an otherwise smooth launch countdown.
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Spectator Videos Show Antares Rocket Explosion from Land and Air
Antares Rocket Explosion Captured By Journalist | Raw Video
October 30th, 2014
When a private Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences exploded during launch on Oct. 28, spectators around the launch site, and even in the air, caught the sight on video. See their amazing, and sometimes scary, views here.
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Orbital Sciences' Antares Rocket Explosion in Pictures
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
On Oct. 28, 2014, an Orbital Sciences-built Antares rocket exploded during liftoff during a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. See photos from the stunning rocket launch failure here.
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Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space Station
Russian Progress 57 Cargo Craft Blasts Off
October 29th, 2014
A Russian-built unmanned Progress cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station on Wednesday (Oct. 29) carrying fresh supplies. The launch comes a day after a private U.S. rocket exploded while attempting a similar mission.
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