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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Virgin Galactic Will Fly Rocket-Powered SpaceShipTwo Test Flights Soon
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 7, 2014
October 17th, 2014
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
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Hurricane Gonzalo Threat Delays US Private Rocket Launch for NASA
Hurricane Gonzalo on Oct. 15, 2014
October 16th, 2014
Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled to launch on a cargo run to the station on Oct. 24. But that liftoff has been delayed until at least Oct. 27, because Hurricane Gonzalo could affect a tracking station for Cygnus' Antares rocket.
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NASA Astronauts Taking Spacewalk Outside Space Station Today: Watch Live
Wilmore Prepares U.S. Spacesuits
October 15th, 2014
Two NASA astronauts will venture into the vacuum of space for a spacewalk on the outside of the International Space Station today (Oct. 15), and anyone with an Internet connection can watch it live online.
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Apollo Astronaut's Anniversary Patch Recalls 'Flight of the Phoenix'
Apollo 7 45th Anniversary Patch
October 17th, 2014
Forty-six years ago this week, NASA's first Apollo astronauts to launch into space were circling the Earth, just as the crew's mission patch depicted. The official insignia though, was not what the crew initially envisioned as representing their flight.
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NASA Astronauts Beat Clock, Wrap Up Spacewalk
Working Outside the International Space Station on Oct. 15, 2014
October 15th, 2014
Two NASA astronauts working outside the International Space Station raced against the clock during a spacewalk today (Oct. 15).
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Shares His Favorite Photos from Space
View From Havana to Washington, D.C.
October 14th, 2014
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his favorite images of Earth from space in a new book, "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes."
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Why Space Exploration Must Continue (Op-Ed)
Sputnik 1, space exploration
October 12th, 2014
Launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, Sputnik 1 became the world’s first artificial satellite. This legacy continues today with our exploration of the solar system.
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Sierra Nevada Files Suit To Reinstate Hold on NASA Commercial Crew Contracts
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser
October 16th, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.
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'Astronaut Wives Club' Begins Filming for 2015 Launch on ABC
'The Astronaut Wives Club'
October 13th, 2014
The first meeting of 'The Astronaut Wives Club' — the made-for-TV-version, that is — has convened in New Orleans. Filming has begun on the 10-episode ABC series, which tells the real story of the women who stood beside the United States' first spacemen.
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