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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Moonwalking Astronauts Can Move Surprisingly Fast
The spacesuits worn by Apollo astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin were designed to optimize life support, not mobility. Newly designed suits may allow future moonwalkers to move faster on the lunar surface.
September 27th, 2014
Astronauts may be able to walk on the moon faster than previously thought, a new study reports. These new findings could help scientists design better spacesuits that could aid astronauts' exploration of the moon, Mars or asteroids.
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Russian Soyuz Capsule Reaches Space Station Despite Stuck Solar Array
A Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft, with only one of its two solar arrays deployed, is seen nearing the International Space Station on Sept. 25, 2014 (Eastern Time) to deliver three new members of the Expedition 41 crew.
September 25th, 2014
A Russian-built Soyuz space capsule carrying a crew of three reached the International Space Station late Thursday (Sept. 25), despite a stuck solar array that failed to deploy just after its launch six hours earlier.
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New Space Station Crew Launches Today: Watch It Live
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore (left) and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Elena Serova pose with their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft ahead of a September 2014 launch to the International Space Station.
September 25th, 2014
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft will launch a new U.S.-Russian crew on a swift six-hour flight to the International Space Station today (Sept. 25), and you can watch the action in space live online.
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Space Station's '42' Crew Links Expedition to 'Hitchhiker's Guide'
The official crew poster for the International Space Station's 42nd expedition parodies "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
September 26th, 2014
What do astronauts, a towel and a paranoid android have in common? The answer is 42. The International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew has featured the link between their numerical designation and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on a poster and
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Waypoint 2 Space Crowdfunding Project to Bring Spacewalks Down to Earth
Waypoint 2 Space Astronaut Training
September 25th, 2014
Waypoint 2 Space, a Houston-based company that trains people for commercial spaceflight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a spacewalk simulator called the Modular EVA Training System (METS).
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Vodka and Space Travel: Virgin Galactic Teams Up with Grey Goose
The vodka maker Grey Goose is now an official corporate sponsor of Virgin Galactic, a private spaceline that offers suborbital flights on its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Grey Goose celebrated the partnership with its raspberry-infused lightly peppered Beyond
September 24th, 2014
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced that his space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, has a new corporate sponsor: Grey Goose.
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New US-Russian Crew Launches to International Space Station
A Russian Soyuz rocket launches three new crewmembers for the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 local time. Riding on the Soyuz were NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexa
September 25th, 2014
A Russian-built Soyuz rocket launched a new crew for the International Space Station into orbit on Thursday (Sept. 25). See how the NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and his Russian crewmates will reach the space station in just six hours here.
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Soviet-era Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, Salyut Space Station Commander, Dies at 72
Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, who in 1982 spent 211 days working aboard the Russian space station Salyut 7, died Sept. 20, 2014. He was 72.
September 24th, 2014
Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, who led the first expedition onboard Russia's final Salyut space station, died Sept. 20. He was 72. Chosen to train as a cosmonaut in April 1970, his only space flight was to the Salyut 7 orbiting outpost.
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