50 Years of Spaceflight — Capsles and Shuttles

It has been 50 years since the Russian pilot Yuri Gagarin has stepped onto the Moon in 1961. Since then more than 500 people have been launched into space in a variety of vessels. Twelve people have walked on the moon, and an additional 14 have flown over the moon without landing.

The farthest away that humans have traveled so far was 248655 mi, which was achieved by the Apollo 13 astronauts on April 15, 1970. The spaceflight of longest duration to date was cosmonaut Valeriy  Polyakov’s 437.7  days aboard Mir in 1994/1995.

50 Years of Spaceflight

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