Celebrate the Birth of Human Spaceflight, with Yuri's Night!

Fifty three years ago today, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to venture into outer space. Below, Mika McKinnon talks about Gagarin's incredible journey to Earth orbit (and how to best commemorate that journey: by finding the Yuri's Night party nearest you!) » 4/12/14 3:01pm 4/12/14 3:01pm

Tour Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport

Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today. » 8/04/13 2:00pm 8/04/13 2:00pm

Russia Lied About How The First Man In Space Died

On March 27, 1968, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, died. He was in a MiG-15 on a routine training flight with his instructor when his plane crashed. The official explanation has been that he had to avoid a "foreign" object, but new information from Cosmonaut Alexi Leonov tells a different story. » 6/17/13 3:41pm 6/17/13 3:41pm

Find out where you can celebrate Yuri's Night!

It's Yuri's Night! Tonight, space enthusiasts the world over will kick off celebrations to commemorate 52 years of human space exploration by recognizing the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space (not to mention the 32nd anniversary of the very first Shuttle launch). » 4/12/13 7:40am 4/12/13 7:40am

Remember when we thought we'd get all our nutrition from pills and bars?

If you'd told science fiction writers in the 1930s that food in the early 2000s would be all about heirloom vegetables, micronutrients and artisanal pickles, they'd have laughed you right out of the decade. » 5/07/12 3:33pm 5/07/12 3:33pm

Find out where you can celebrate Yuri's Night!

Tonight is Yuri's Night! The night space enthusiasts around world celebrate 51 years of human space exploration by recognizing the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space (as well as the 31st anniversary of the very first Shuttle launch). » 4/12/12 9:46am 4/12/12 9:46am

Everyone Loves Yuri Gagarin, the first Human to Reach Space

It happened when Earth was still in black and white: 50 years ago we stepped outside our home planet for the first time. This is the tale of the beginning of an adventure that hasn't ended yet, the biggest, most dangerous and rewarding quest ever embarked on by the human race-the fascinating story of two men who took… » 4/12/11 10:00pm 4/12/11 10:00pm

Would a Soviet Moon landing have forced the US to go to Mars?

Yuri Gagarin's historic flight was just one of many Soviet victories in the Space Race, but the United States still won the big victory when they landed on the Moon. But what if the Russians had gotten there first? » 4/12/11 4:30pm 4/12/11 4:30pm

What really happened to cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, who died crashing…

One of the most horrific and mysterious deaths in space is that of USSR cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, a close friend of Yuri Gagarin. Some historians say Komarov was sent to space in a craft that officials knew could never return. » 4/12/11 3:58pm 4/12/11 3:58pm

Everything you need to get into space and land safely again

So, you want to take a short trip into space? Seems easy enough – hop in your rocket, aim it at space and lift off, right? If you want to survive, it will take a little more planning than that. Luckily, we're here to help. » 4/12/11 2:36pm 4/12/11 2:36pm

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in space

Tonight, across the world, people will be going to space-themed parties to celebrate Yuri's Night, an annual event honoring Yuri Gagarin - the first person to survive space flight. Here is a gallery of art celebrating his great adventure. » 4/12/11 1:06pm 4/12/11 1:06pm

The world as Yuri Gagarin saw it

Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space. In doing so, he didn't just take humanity into a bold new era of exploration - he also got to see our planet in a way no one else ever had before. » 4/12/11 10:34am 4/12/11 10:34am

At last, a movie will show what Yuri Gagarin saw from his space capsule…

When Yuri Gagarin flew around the Earth in 1961, there was no video recording of what he saw — we only have an audio recording of his astonished observations. But now, for the first time, the crew of the International Space Station have recreated the view of Earth from the same path Gagarin's capsule took, in… » 3/24/11 7:30am 3/24/11 7:30am

Volunteer and Participate in Yuri's Night!

Every year the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, plays host to a Yuri's Night festival, which celebrates the journey of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. This year's event, April 9-10, still needs volunteers! » 3/16/10 7:20am 3/16/10 7:20am