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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An Unmanned Rocket Exploded — So What?
Exploding Antares rocket
October 31st, 2014
We have moved from a space race between nations to becoming a race that relies on space for many of its everyday activities. Perhaps this is why the explosion on take-off of the unmanned Antares launch vehicle has received such wide publicity.
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Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing 'Insurance Cover' to be Sold for Scholarships
A rare Apollo 11 'insurance cover' from the personal collection of Neil Armstrong is being sold to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The cover was donated by Armstrong's son.
October 30th, 2014
Forty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong added his autograph to an envelope for one purpose: that it be sold to provide for his family in the event he did not make it back from the moon. Now, that iconic autograph is up for auction.
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Antares Rocket Explosion: Full Coverage and Investigation
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
What caused Orbital Sciences’ private Antares rocket to explode on Oct. 28, 2014? Here’s our complete coverage of NASA’s investigation and findings.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes in Test Flight: 1 Dead, 1 Injured
Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft is seen after the vehicle crashed on Oct. 31, 2014 during a test flight out of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
October 31st, 2014
The commercial SpaceShipTwo spacecraft built by Virgin Galactic crashed in Mojave, California Friday (Oct. 31) during a failed test flight that killed one pilot and injured another. See the latest news here.
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Ebola Outbreak May Hold Lessons for Handling Samples from Mars
CDC Ebola Garments
October 30th, 2014
Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle Martian samples brought back to Earth from the Red Planet, which could host extraterrestrial microbes.
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NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission Won't Help Astronauts Reach Mars: Scientist
Artist's Concept of Astronaut Visiting Captured Asteroid
October 29th, 2014
NASA should scrap its bold asteroid-capture mission idea and instead launch a comprehensive search for near-Earth asteroids to visit in their native orbits, MIT professor Richard Binzel says.
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NASA Warns Public to Stay Away from Antares Rocket Debris
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
The rocket exploded in a massive fireball just seconds after blasting off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening, scattering debris over a wide area. This debris should not be touched, NASA officials said.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Spacecraft Crashes During Test Flight
Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo passenger spaceliner and its WhiteKnightTwo carrier craft prepare to take off on the fourth rocket-powered flight test of the spacecraft on Oct. 31, 2014 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
October 31st, 2014
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft, experienced an 'anomaly' during its fourth rocket-powered test flight on Friday, Oct. 31. See the latest details here.
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Spectator Videos Show Antares Rocket Explosion from Land and Air
Antares Rocket Explosion Captured By Journalist | Raw Video
October 30th, 2014
When a private Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences exploded during launch on Oct. 28, spectators around the launch site, and even in the air, caught the sight on video. See their amazing, and sometimes scary, views here.
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Orbital Sciences' Antares Rocket Explosion in Pictures
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
October 29th, 2014
On Oct. 28, 2014, an Orbital Sciences-built Antares rocket exploded during liftoff during a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. See photos from the stunning rocket launch failure here.
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