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China became the third country in the world to have independent human spaceflight capability after the Soviet Union and the United States. Shenzhou 5 was the first human spaceflight mission of the Chinese space program, launched on 15 October 2003. Shenzhou was launched on a Continue Reading

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Space Transportation System-1 was the first orbital spaceflight of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Columbia, launched on 12 April 1981 and returned on 14 April, having orbited the Earth 36 times. Columbia carried a crew of two – mission commander John W. Young and pilot Robert Continue Reading

The Vostok 3KA space capsule was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 12, 1961, with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard, making him the first human to cross into outer space. Once Gagarin was in the spacecraft, his picture appeared on television screens in the launch Continue Reading

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project would send NASA astronauts Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton and Vance Brand in an Apollo Command and Service Module to meet Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov in a Soyuz capsule. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first spaceflight to include Continue Reading

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