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Annual Orbital Human Space Launch Overviews

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Year: 2016
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...
Year: 2015
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 human spaceflight programs...
Year: 2014
It is relatively simple to place a satellite into orbit when compared with launching humans to space. Humans have more complex needs, such as breathable air, food, staying warm, staying cool, and protection from the space environment. Humans must also be able to return safely to Earth from their...

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