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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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Buzz Aldrin Wants NASA Astronauts to Visit Asteroid in Deep Space
Asteroid Sample Retrieval
April 23rd, 2014
While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn't so happy with NASA's current plan to get astronauts to a space rock.
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US Astronauts Taking Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Today: Watch Live
NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson don their spacesuits with the help of Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (in blue) on April 23, 2014 ahead of a 2.5-hour spacewalk to replace a dead computer on the International Space Station.
April 23rd, 2014
Two NASA astronauts will take a short spacewalk to replace a dead computer on the International Space Station today. See how to watch it live here.
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Laptop Bill Clinton Used to Email Outer Space Sold for $60K
Clinton and Glenn Exchanged Messages
April 22nd, 2014
Long before the first Instagram from space, the first check-in from orbit, or even the first astronaut's tweet, John Glenn sent an email to President Bill Clinton. The reply it prompted was the very first email transmitted by a sitting U.S. president — it
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Spacewalking Astronauts Replace Dead Computer on Space Station
NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio (right) and Steve Swanson work outside the International Space Station to replace a dead computer during a spacewalk on April 23, 2014.
April 23rd, 2014
A pair of NASA astronauts replaced a dead backup computer on the International Space Station during a short spacewalk Wednesday (April 23) to restore a critical computer system back to full strength.
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Mars Missions Could Make Humanity a Multi-Planet Species, NASA Chief Says
Astronauts on a future NASA mission to Mars.
April 23rd, 2014
In order for humanity to survive into the distant future, we need to visit and even colonize other worlds, according to NASA chief Charles Bolden.
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Red Planet Roadmap: DC Conference Eyes Manned Mars Missions
'Red Dragon' Mars Sample-Return Concept
April 22nd, 2014
Sending astronauts to the surface of Mars has been a longtime goal for NASA and other space exploration agencies. That Martian goal takes center stage in a Washington, D.C. conference, and you can watch it live online.
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John Houbolt, NASA Engineer Who Fought for Moon Landing Method, Dies at 95
NASA Engineer John Houbolt
April 21st, 2014
Were it not for John C. Houbolt, the United States might never have landed men on the moon. The engineer, who died at the age of 95, sold the nation's space program leaders on an alternate flight plan, called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR).
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Proposed Houston Spaceport Lands Private Space Plane Partner
Proposed Houston Spaceport Artist's Rendering
April 22nd, 2014
Houston has landed a new partner in its bid to establish its own spaceport in the form of a private spaceflight company that may someday land its mini space shuttle in the city.
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