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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Powerful Rocket Launches Light Up the Skies Just Hours Apart (Photos)
MUOS-4 Launch Exhaust Trail
September 2nd, 2015
A series of gorgeous photos capture two different rocket launches that took place within 6 hours of each other, but thousands of miles apart, early this morning.
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Unearthing NASA's 'Worm': Reissue of Manual Celebrates Retired NASA Logo
NASA Graphics Standards Manual
September 1st, 2015
A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being launched back into print using Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in 1976, defined a new identity for the space agency, as led by the NASA "worm."
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NASA to Study Uranus, Neptune Orbiters
Jim Green of NASA
August 31st, 2015
NASA began an early feasibility study for missions to the distant, mostly-ignored ice-giants Uranus and Neptune, a senior agency official said here Aug. 24.
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Russian Rocket Launches International Crew of 3 Toward Space Station
A Russian Soyuz rocket launches into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 2, 2015 to ferry three new crewmembers to the International Space Station. The Soyuz launched space travelers from Russia, Denmark and Kazakhstan during the flight.
September 1st, 2015
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT) today (Sept. 2).
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Yearlong Mock Mars Mission Will Test Mental Toll of Isolation
HI-SEAS Habitat in Hawaii
August 31st, 2015
Six scientists will live together, but totally isolated from the rest of the world, in a mock Mars colony for 365 days to learn about the psychological toll of a mission to Mars.
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NASA Tech Aims for Precise Landings on Mars (Video)
The ADAPT Test System
August 28th, 2015
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers — but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
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Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony
Artist's concept of Mars One's planned colony on the Red Planet, which would begin with the touchdown of four people in 2027.
August 25th, 2015
The biggest challenges facing the private Mars One colonization project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, group representatives said.
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New Space Station Crew Will Launch Into Orbit Tonight: Watch Live
A Russian Soyuz rocket stands poised atop its launchpad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan ahead of the Sept. 2 launch of a new three-man crew to the International Space Station. The rocket will launch Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Danish astronaut And
September 1st, 2015
A new crew of space travelers will blast off toward the International Space Station just after midnight ET on Wednesday (Sept. 2). You can watch the event live here on Space.com.
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LEGO to Launch: Astronaut from Denmark Taking Danish Toys to Space Station
Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen
August 31st, 2015
Denmark's first astronaut is launching on a ten-day taxi flight to the International Space Station, taking with him a Danish toy that is known worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his missi
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Photos Show How NASA Removed Tanks from Retired Space Shuttles for Station
Shuttle Endeavour's Water Tanks
August 27th, 2015
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
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