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  • Russia celebrates 55 years of human spaceflight, envisions ambitious future space missions

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 12th, 2016

    Russia celebrated its annual Cosmonautics Day on Tuesday, April 12. The event took on special significance this year as it marked the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic trip into "silent sea". The celebrations provided Russian officials with a venue to lay out Russia's future long-term space exploration plans directed toward taking the lead in human space exploration efforts.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: This Day in Spaceflight History

    Gregory CecilApril 12th, 2015

    April 12 is a historic day in terms of human spaceflight. Today marks the 54th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight on Vostok 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the former Soviet Union. He was the first human to ever fly in space. Twenty years later, in 1981, the first reusable spacecraft Columbia was launched from […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: First Manned Spaceflight

    NASAApril 12th, 2014

    On this day in 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first person in space. Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The date of April 12 was already a huge day in terms of space history because of this. Some twenty years later, this date would be underlined in terms of […]

  • Soyuz TMA-12M flight extended from 6 hours – to 2 days

    Jason RhianMarch 26th, 2014

    What started out with a flawless night launch atop a Soyuz FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan on March 25 – has become a waiting game for the three crew members who rode fire atop the rocket in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft. What has been described as a “hiccup” in the rocket’s performance […]

  • Expedition 39 crew prepares to depart atop Russian Soyuz

    David DarlingMarch 24th, 2014

    The second half of the Expedition 39 crew bound for the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to launch tomorrow, March 25, 2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan. Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, together with NASA astronaut Steve R. Swanson, will travel up to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-12M. This will mark the 121st […]

  • Cosmonauts join the video game industry to create “Space Pioneer”

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 16th, 2014

    Space Pioneer is an exciting new video game being created by real world astronauts, cosmonauts, scientists and architects. The design team includes a trio of cosmonauts; Sergei Krikalev, Aleksandr Lazutkin, and Sergei Avdeyev. Together, the three have spent a total of 1735 days in space, with Krikalev holding the current record of 803 days, 9 hours, […]