In pictures: the history of space travel

Humans have been travelling to space for 60 years. Image: Unsplash/Andy Holmes

Douglas Broom

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Six ways space technologies benefit life on Earth. Image: World Economic Forum
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space. Image: Arto Jousi/Wikimedia Commons
US Air Force captain Robert H Lawrence Jnr was chosen as the nation’s first African American astronaut in 1967. Image: NASA/Flickr
In 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in space. Image: NASA/Flickr
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” - Neil Armstrong Image: NASA/Flickr
The Apollo 11 astronauts were the first to see this spectacle. Image: NASA/Flickr
A welcome parade for Apollo 11 after their first Moon landing. Image: NASA/Flickr
The US Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with Russia’s Mir space station. Image: NASA/Flickr
The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion resulted in the tragic loss of seven crew members. Image: NASA/Flickr
Mae Jemison - the first Black woman to fly in space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Image: NASA Flickr
The Hubble Space Telescope. Image: NASA/Flickr
Two galaxies grazing each other’s orbits. Image: NASA/Flickr
The Space Shuttle Columbia broke when re-entering the earth's atmosphere, killing everyone on board. Image: NASA/Flickr
The International Space Station. Image: NASA/Flickr
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was the first powered, controlled flight in any world beyond Earth IN 2021. Image: NASA
The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft . Image: NASA/Flickr

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