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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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
March 25th, 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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Astronaut Scott Kelly Will Test His Limits on Epic One-Year Space Mission
NASA's Scott Kelly
March 24th, 2015
An American astronaut is about to embark on the mother of all space missions. NASA's Scott Kelly is getting ready to fly up to the International Space Station Friday (March 27) for a yearlong mission that will test his endurance like never before.
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Astronaut and Cosmonaut to Launch on 1-Year Space Mission This Week
Astronaut Scott Kelly with Cosmonauts Padalka and Kornienko
March 23rd, 2015
An American astronaut and two cosmonauts are set to fly up to the International Space Station Friday (March 27), and two of those crewmembers won't be back on Earth for about a year on a mission that aims to help open the doorway to deep space for Earthli
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The Surprising Story Behind 1-Year-Mission Astronaut Scott Kelly's Space Patches
Scott Kelly and One-Year Mission Patch
March 25th, 2015
Scott Kelly's name tags were intended to be on the space station by now. The two blue and gold badges were among the items that NASA had arranged to send to the orbiting outpost ahead of Kelly launching on a yearlong expedition.
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Bigelow Aerospace's Inflatable Habitat Ready for Space Station Trip
Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
March 19th, 2015
NASA officials viewed Bigelow Aerospace's Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) at the company's facility in Las Vegas on March 12. BEAM is scheduled toward the International Space Station atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster later this year.
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A Year in Space: The Science Behind the Epic Space Station Voyage
Kelly and Kornienko to ISS
March 25th, 2015
Science experiments conducted on the International Space Station during the orbiting outpost's first yearlong mission could help open the door to deep space for NASA.
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This Zero Gravity Cocktail Glass Could Be Out This World
This Zero Gravity Cocktail glass, designed by Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation, uses a unique system of grooves to keep liquids under control in microgravity.
March 20th, 2015
Astronauts hoping to sip drinks in style may soon have a cocktail glass concept to look forward to. The Zero Gravity Cocktail Project is aiming to create an open-top glass that can be used in microgravity, using an innovative "groove system" that would ke
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