The largest obstacle in manned interstellar travel may not actually technological, but human. Bristol, United Kingdom - Fifty years after the first man in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and the first orbital spaceflight, US astronaut John Glenn, many are asking: "What's next for mankind in space?" In five decades of incredible discovery, we've sent man to the Moon and now have a handful of spacemen living on the International Space Station, orbiting 200 miles over our heads.
Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first person to orbit the earth. The 27-year old Gagarin circled the earth in a 108 minute flight in a 5-ton Vostok capsule. Then-Vice-President Lyndon Johnson admitted: "... Read Post
Fifty years ago, a Russian man of humble origins was the first human to ever travel into space. Yuri Gagarin quickly became a household name and a celebrated hero in the Soviet Union pulled ahead of the United States in the Space Ra... Read Post