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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Golfer Wins Free Trip to Space with Epic Hole-in-One
Golfer Andy Sullivan holds a scale model of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane after winning a trip to space when he sunk a hole in one at the KLM Open tournament in the Netherlands on Sept. 14, 2014.
September 15th, 2014
Andy Sullivan won a free ride aboard XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane after acing the par-3 15th hole Sunday (Sept. 14) during the final round of the KLM Open in the Netherlands.
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NASA Unveils World's Largest Welder to Build New Mega-Rocket
Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility
September 15th, 2014
NASA officials unveiled a huge new tool that will help them build the space agency's next mega rocket.
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Astronaut-Led Group Launches Contest to Send Public to Space
Spaceship Earth Grants
September 15th, 2014
An astronaut-led, private spaceflight training group, has launched a crowd-funded contest to redefine the 'right stuff' by awarding trips to space in return for the impact those who go can make to the world.
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Big Safety Tests Loom for SpaceX's Manned Dragon Space Capsule
SpaceX's Manned Dragon Spacecraft
September 15th, 2014
SpaceX continues to make strides with its entry in NASA's commercial crew competition, a seven-passenger capsule called Dragon. The company is planning two big tests of Dragon's launch-abort system, one in November and the other in January.
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NASA Completes 1st Orion Space Capsule for December Test Flight
NASA's first Orion spacecraft and service module stack made a 20 minute trip from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 11, 2014, to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
September 13th, 2014
NASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut test flight in December.
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US-Russian Space Crew Returns to Earth Tonight: Watch It Live
Expedition 40 Crew Suit Leak Check
September 10th, 2014
A trio of space travelers will return to Earth tonight (Sept. 10) to end a months-long expedition to the International Space Station, and you can watch the landing live online. The crew is due to land at 10:23 p.m. EDT (0223 GMT).
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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Launching to Space Station This Week
SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Attached to the International Space Station
September 15th, 2014
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to launch their fourth official unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station this week.
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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check
Richard Branson and Daughter Holly Inspect Second Ship
September 14th, 2014
Less than a month after saying he'd be "bitterly disappointed" if Virgin Galactic flights don't start by the end of the year, Richard Branson admits that we'll need to wait a little longer.
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US Air Force Using Lasers to Preserve Historic Space Launch Pads
Air Force Lasers
September 11th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is using a new tool in its effort to preserve space history: lasers. The 45th Space Wing is using a laser scanner to create virtual models of the Cape Canaveral space launch complexes in partnership with the University of South Florida.
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