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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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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1st Zero-G Espresso Machine Headed for Space Station
ISSpresso, the world's first zero-gravity espresso machine, launched toward the International Space Station on a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship on April 14, 2015.
April 16th, 2015
The International Space Station is about receive perhaps its most important upgrade to date: a microgravity espresso maker!
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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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California Senate Votes to Honor Astronaut Sally Ride with Statue in US Capitol
Sally Ride Aboard Challenger in 1983
April 16th, 2015
A statue honoring astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, could one day stand in the U.S. Capitol, if a California lawmaker's resolution continues to advance. The statue would replace the monument for a controversial Spanish missionary.
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Of Mice and Synthetic Muscle: Big Science On SpaceX Dragon Spaceship
SpaceX Falcon 9
April 16th, 2015
Experiments for the International Space Station's first one-year crew will be among Dragon's precious cargo when it arrives at the orbiting complex this week.
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IRS in Space: How Will We Tax a Mars Mission?
Mars Full Image
April 14th, 2015
Taxes are going to play a big role in a Mars mission, both in getting there and upon arrival, one expert says.
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