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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Going Out with a (Big) Bang: Final ATV Cargo Ship Space Station-Bound
ATV-5 Logo
July 30th, 2014
Europe's line of space freighters is going out with a (big) bang. Named “Georges Lemaître” after the Belgian priest and astronomer who proposed what became the Big Bang theory, the European Space Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle has lau
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European Cargo Ship Launches on Last Space Station Delivery Tonight: Watch Live
ATV-5 on Ariane 5 Before Encapsulation
July 29th, 2014
A rocket launch from South America Tuesday evening (July 29) will mark the beginning of the end for a venerable line of European cargo spacecraft.
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Bunnies on the Moon? 7 Lunar Myths Apollo 11 Debunked
Apollo 11 East Crater
July 25th, 2014
Is the moon made of green cheese? Is it a hollow spaceship? Apollo 11 helped put these and other ideas to rest.
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Huge European Cargo Ship Launches Its Last Delivery Flight to Space Station
European Cargo Craft "Georges Lemaitre" Launches Toward Space Station
July 29th, 2014
The European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) blasted off from French Guiana Tuesday evening (July 29), kicking off the final mission for this line of unmanned spacecraft, which has been resupplying the station since 2008.
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Volunteers Emerge from Mock Mars Base in Hawaii
The HI-SEAS 2 mock Mars mission crew poses for a photo during their four-month mission atop Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. Pictured here are crewmembers Casey Stedman, Lucie Poulet, Tiffany Swarmer, Ron Williams, Annie Caraccio, and Ross Lockwood. Four crewm
July 26th, 2014
A volunteer crew of mock Mars explorers emerged from their Martian habitat Friday (July 25) after four months living inside a dome atop a Hawaiian volcano. See how the HI-SEAS 2 mock Mars mission crew lived and worked on a 'Red Planet.'
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Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 24, 1969: Return to Earth
United States President Richard Nixon was in the central Pacific recovery area to welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, on July 24, 1969. The Apollo 11 astronauts are,
July 24th, 2014
NASA's Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth as heroes at the end of their successful manned moon landing mission. See how Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and returned to the United States.
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Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 23, 1969: Preparing for Landing
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 as the first humans to walk on the moon. Seen here, a closeup of a boot print left behind by one of the astronauts.
July 23rd, 2014
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins spent their last full day in space before landing gearing up for their Earth return. See how here.
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Vintage NASA Probe Out of Gas, But Still Alive, Private Team Says
An artist's depiction of NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft as it flies through space. The volunteer ISEE-3 Reboot Project, which hoped to move the probe closer to Earth, now says the spacecraft is out of gas.
July 29th, 2014
Attempts to move a 36-year-old NASA probe closer to Earth have failed, but only because the vintage spacecraft is simply out of gas, according to the team of volunteer engineers now controlling the spacecraft.
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Robotic Russian Cargo Ship Launches on Express Trip to Space Station
Progress Cargo Ship 56 Launch on July 23, 2014
July 23rd, 2014
Russia launched a robotic ship on an express delivery run to the International Space Station today (July 23) to bring fresh supplies to the crewmembers on the orbiting outpost.
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