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2017 – China Launch, Human

China is one of three nations to have launched humans into orbit with indigenous launch vehicles, but there were no such launches in 2017. The most recent... China is one…

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2017 – Russia Launch, Human

Russia remained the only nation to launch humans to orbit during 2017, using its Soyuz launch vehicle and capsule. The continued depression of Russian launch activity during... Russia remained the…

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2017 – U.S. Launch, Human

The last U.S. human space launch was conducted in 2011. NASA now relies on Russia’s Soyuz space launch system, paying hundreds of millions of dollars to transport U.S. astronauts to...…

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2016 – Orbital Human Space Launch

The 52 years since the inauguration of human spaceflight have witnessed great strides in developing the technology required to support human life in orbit and... The 52 years since the…

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2016 – U.S. Launch, Human

The United States is approaching its sixth year without a space launch vehicle capable of transporting humans to space and back. NASA has instead... The United States is approaching its…

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2016 – Russia Launch, Human

Russia continued to be the only nation ferrying humans to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016 with its... Russia continued to be the only nation ferrying humans to the…

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2016 – China Launch, Human

China was one of two nations with human space launch vehicles active in 2016. After a three-year hiatus, China launched its... China was one of two nations with human space…

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2015 – Orbital Human Space Launch

In 2015, Russia was the only nation conducting flights of humans to space and back. While countries such as the United States and China continued with plans for their own…

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2015 – China Launch, Human

China’s most recent human mission to space was in June 2013, when three taikonauts docked a capsule with the Tiangong-1 space station. Since then, China has announced plans to launch…

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2015 – Russia Launch, Human

In 2015, Russia continued to be the only nation flying humans into space since June 2013. The Russian Soyuz capsule was conceived, designed, and first launched nearly five decades prior…

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