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Astronaut Ricky Arnold in June 2018 performing a spacewalk during which he upgraded cameras on the orbital platform
Image: NASA/UPI/Newscom/picture alliance

Human spaceflight


Human spaceflight began in 1961, when Soviet Russia's Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth. That first space race led to the Apollo moon landings, scientific exploration and today's Artemis program.

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