This spring we celebrate 60 years of human spaceflight — with the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first spaceflight earlier this month and the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard becoming the first American in space next week. We’ve come a long way since those first few trips to space. Our monthly theme for April is Human Spaceflight. Explore more in the digital resources below.
| Racing to Space: Gagarin v. Shepard|
Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space just weeks before Alan Shepard’s flight in Freedom 7. Explore the differences between Gagarin and Shepard’s spaceflights in this virtual exhibition.
| Go for the Moon|
NASA’s human spaceflight efforts of the 1960s reached a pinacle with the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. Experience the emotion of this incredible human accomplishment with the Museum’s Go for the Moon projection program.
| The Space Shuttle at 40|
On April 12, 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia launched on STS-1, the first spaceflight of the Space Shuttle Program. In a new blog, space shuttle curator Jennifer Levasseur reflects on the legacy of STS-1 and NASA’s reusable spaceplane.
| Share Your Michael Collins Memories|
Michael Collins’ life and work left an indelible mark on both air and space — and we are better for having known and worked with him. We know many others feel the same. Share your memories and reflections with us.