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 Says One-Way Trips to Mars Could Actually Work
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October 23rd, 2014
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin wants to send people on a trip to Mars, and he doesn't want them to come home — at least not at first.
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Spacewalk Photos: Cosmonauts Float Outside Space Station (Oct. 22, 2014)
Equipment Jettisoned from ISS During Spacewalk Oct. 22, 2014
October 22nd, 2014
Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency worked outside in the International Space Station on Oct. 22, 2014.
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Who Owns the Moon? (Op-Ed)
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October 19th, 2014
Without proper regulation, the moon risks becoming an extra-planetary Wild West.
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Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC Museum
Hubble@25 Exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
October 23rd, 2014
The Hubble Space Telescope takes center stage at the new Hubble@25 exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who visited Hubble twice, gives us a glimpse of the exhibit.
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Obama Nominates Dava Newman for NASA Deputy Administrator Post
Dava Newman.
October 22nd, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Dava Newman to become the next deputy administrator of NASA.
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Virgin Galactic Will Fly Rocket-Powered SpaceShipTwo Test Flights Soon
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 7, 2014
October 17th, 2014
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
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Hurricane Gonzalo Threat Delays US Private Rocket Launch for NASA
Hurricane Gonzalo on Oct. 15, 2014
October 16th, 2014
Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled to launch on a cargo run to the station on Oct. 24. But that liftoff has been delayed until at least Oct. 27, because Hurricane Gonzalo could affect a tracking station for Cygnus' Antares rocket.
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Cosmonauts Breeze Through Speedy Spacewalk at Space Station
cosmonaut working in spacesuit
October 22nd, 2014
Cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev went outside the International Space Station today. They completed what was supposed to be a six-hour spacewalk in just three hours and 38 minutes.
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Tom Hanks Flies Alan Bean to the Moon in 'The New Yorker'
Art accompanying Tom Hanks' short story "Alan Bean Plus Four" in "The New Yorker" magazine.
October 21st, 2014
There's a certain irony to the observation that Tom Hanks today may be better known for flying to the moon than Alan Bean, who actually went there. The actor and director celebrates Bean and laments his anonymity in the pages of "The New Yorker."
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Apollo Astronaut's Anniversary Patch Recalls 'Flight of the Phoenix'
Apollo 7 45th Anniversary Patch
October 17th, 2014
Forty-six years ago this week, NASA's first Apollo astronauts to launch into space were circling the Earth, just as the crew's mission patch depicted. The official insignia though, was not what the crew initially envisioned as representing their flight.
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