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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5 Mars Mission Radiation Shield Ideas Win NASA Challenge
Radiation on the Way to Mars
May 28th, 2015
NASA has awarded prize money to five members of the public for their ideas about how to limit astronauts' radiation exposure during journeys through deep space.
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LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled by Software Glitch
Artist’s Concept of LightSail in Orbit
May 27th, 2015
LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane.
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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean
SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Splashes Down
May 21st, 2015
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
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Space Station Module Move Makes Room for Private Spaceships
Moving the Permanent Multipurpose Module
May 28th, 2015
Astronauts on the International Space Station moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab Wednesday (May 27) to make room for a new docking port to welcome private space taxis in 2017.
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New Journal Tackles the Science of Weightlessness
Virts Performs Microgravity Experiment
May 26th, 2015
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
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Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit
Actor Norris at "Galaxy Gala"
May 18th, 2015
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
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NASA's Last Space Shuttle External Tank to Complete Endeavour L.A. Exhibit
NASA's last space shuttle external tank, ET-94, seen here at the Michoud Assembly Facility in 2012, will be given to the California Science Center to go on display with Endeavour.
May 28th, 2015
It is a sight no one thought possible again: a complete NASA space shuttle standing vertical as if poised for launch. But that's exactly what the California Science Center will do. NASA's last shuttle fuel tank is headed to L.A.
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Disney's 'Tomorrowland' Draws Inspiration from NASA's Past and Future
Actress Britt Robertson, as Casey Newton in Disney's new movie "Tomorrowland," sports a hat displaying NASA's logo.
May 22nd, 2015
In the new Disney film 'Tomorrowland,' now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. 'To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts,' said director Brad Bird.
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Is This 'International Flag of Planet Earth' the One We'll Plant on Mars?
'International Flag of Planet Earth' Planted on Mars
May 20th, 2015
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.
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