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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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SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today
A close-up look at the landing legs on a private SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on April 14, 2014. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station, then attempt to retur
April 14th, 2014
It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back to Earth.
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Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam
Expedition 39 Crew Speaks With Putin
April 15th, 2014
The Tax Man cometh for Americans today (April 15), and not even astronauts in space can escape their earthly annual taxes. It's a safe bet American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson on the International Space Station took care of their taxes.
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Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm
A prototype version of Veggie with red romaine lettuce plants growing inside of it.
April 13th, 2014
Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. The next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will deliver the Veggie experimental farm.
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NASA Mulls Unplanned Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Computer Outage
International Space Station
April 12th, 2014
A backup computer outage on the International Space Station is forcing NASA to discuss plans for a possible spacewalk repair by astronauts in orbit, a move that could delay the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX cargo ship to the orbiting lab.
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Space Station Computer Glitch May Require Spacewalk Fix, Delay Cargo Ship Launch
International Space Station as seen from NASA space shuttle.
April 12th, 2014
NASA is studying a glitch with a backup computer on the International Space Station, an issue that could potentially force astronauts to perform a spacewalk repair and delay the planned Monday launch of a SpaceX cargo ship.
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NASA Signs Over Historic Apollo-Era Launch Pad to SpaceX
Officials at Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A
April 15th, 2014
One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management. Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now under the control of SpaceX, the company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Primary Section: spaceflight
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SpaceX 'Go' for Dragon Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station Monday
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship stand atop its Florida launch pad ahead of a planned April 14, 2014 launch to the International Space Station. The mission for NASA will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
April 13th, 2014
NASA on Sunday (April 13) decided to forge ahead with the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station despite a computer outage in orbit.
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Happy Birthday, Human Spaceflight! Yuri's Night Celebrates Yuri Gagarin's Epic Trip
On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) made the first human spaceflight, a 108-minute orbital journey in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times (right) trumpeted Gagarin's accomplishme
April 12th, 2014
Each year, we at Space.com pause to reflect on both April 12 space anniversaries, and space fans around the world do the same with Yuri's Night, a global celebration of human spaceflight.
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