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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Astronauts Add Antennas, Cables to Space Station in 3rd Spacewalk
NASA astronauts Terry Virts (center) and Butch Wilmore work to route cables outside the International Space Station during their third spacewalk together on March 1, 2015.
March 1st, 2015
The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.
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Cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, Led 1st Multi-National Space Crew, Dies at 83
Cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev
February 26th, 2015
Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.
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What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?
Dwarf Planet Ceres
February 24th, 2015
Low temperatures, gravity and sunlight would define the experience of living on Ceres, the largest asteroid belt object.
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US Needs a Mars Colony, Buzz Aldrin Tells Senators
Artist's depiction of a manned Mars mission.
February 26th, 2015
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
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Astronaut Reports Minor Water Leak in Spacesuit Helmet After Spacewalk
NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore work outside the International Space Station to prepare the orbiting lab for future private space taxis on Feb. 25, 2015.
February 25th, 2015
An American astronaut found water inside his spacesuit helmet at the end of an otherwise flawless spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 25), but he was never in any danger, NASA officials say.
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Spacewalking Astronaut Snaps the Ultimate Selfie (Photo)
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore is seen in this photo taken by fellow spacewalker Terry Virts on Feb. 21, 2015.
February 24th, 2015
International Space Station Commander Butch Wilmore took a photo of himself Saturday (Feb. 21) that captured a gloriously blue, cloud-studded ocean in the background. Fellow spacewalker Terry Virts is reflected in Wilmore's visor.
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NASA Celebrates Crawler-Transporters' 1st 50 Years with Test Drive
Crawler-Transporter 2 Rolls Out
February 26th, 2015
With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
February 24th, 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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Boeing, ULA Break Ground on New Astronaut Access Tower for Atlas Launches
Artist's rendering of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft on the launch pad with the Commercial Crew Access Tower.
February 23rd, 2015
Boeing and the United Launch Alliance are building a new astronaut access tower for Atlas rocket launches of future space taxis for NASA. See how it works.
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