Soyuz TMA-21 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
The Soyuz TMA-21 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, carrying Expedition 27 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan and Russian Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko to the International Space Station. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed "Gagarin", is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. UPI/Carla Cioffi/NASA
Russia will develop launch vehicles and other rocket technology for manned flights to the moon and Mars by 2030, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says.
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A statue of the world's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, was unveiled Friday in Mumbai on the grounds of the Nehru Science Center, center officials said.
Boris Chertok, a rocket designer and a key figure in the Soviet-era space program who helped build Sputnik, died of pneumonia, officials said. He was 99.
Russians on the International Space Station will launch a mini-satellite to honor this year's 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight, mission control said.
Russia Tuesday honored some of its most senior cosmonauts in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight as the first man in space.