In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonauts launched to the International Space Station early Friday as celebrations of human spaceflight’s 60th anniversary ramp up.
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Soyuz MS-18 launch marks 60 years of human spaceflightNASASpaceflight.com (4/8): Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 launched early Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch came three days before the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s orbital flight when he became the first human to reach space. Celebrations marked the occasion, as does the name given to the Soyuz spacecraft that launched earlier today, a rare event for the Russian space program which usually doesn’t give individual names to their rockets.
Yuri’s Night 2021: Celebrate human spaceflight’s 60th anniversary with Bill Nye, astronauts, OK Go and moreSpace.com (4/8): Monday, April 12 marks two major space anniversaries: 60 years since the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space and 40 years since the first space shuttle flight. Yuri’s Night, an annual event that celebrates human spaceflight, will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary with this year’s Global Livestream event. As ...