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Happy Flightiversary to the Space Shuttle and Yuri Gagarin

An exclusive chat with first shuttle pilot Bob Crippen, plus looking ahead to Yuri’s Night and the first Mars helicopter.

Yuri Gagarin and Vostok 1, the First Human Spaceflight

No nation had ever flown a human into space until the Soviet Union did it on 12 April 1961.

The Space Shuttle Turns 40

The Planetary Society is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch with exclusive resources, interviews, and personal stories.

Space Shuttle Astronaut Bob Crippen Describes Columbia's First Flight: "A Moment of Pure Excitement"

NASA astronaut Bob Crippen joins Mat Kaplan on Planetary Radio to look back at the Space Shuttle's first flight.

How Much Did it Cost to Create the Space Shuttle?

Between 1972 and 1982, NASA spent approximately $10.6 billion to develop the space shuttle and its related facilities.

Space Shuttle, the World’s First Reusable Spacecraft

The Space Shuttle was the world’s first reusable space vehicle. More than 800 astronauts rode on 135 shuttle missions from 1981 to 2011.

Martian Ingenuity and Venusian imagination

Get a peek at the Martian moon and catch up on what the newest Mars explorer has been up to.

Space Advocates, Assembled

The 2021 Day of Action brought together 145 Planetary Society members from 30 states with 167 congressional offices.

Recommendations for the Future of Canadian Space Exploration

The Planetary Society submitted these recommendations in response to the Canadian Space Agency's call for input on the future directions of Canada's space exploration activities.

When Phobos hits your eye like a big pizza pie...

Get a peek at the Martian moon and catch up on what the newest Mars explorer has been up to.

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