Happy birthday, manned spaceflight!

April 12, 2013 12:31 AM

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Happy birthday, manned spaceflight!

Today marks two significant space dates: Gagarin & Columbia's first flights.

April 12th is a pretty momentous day for space nerds. Fifty-two years and one day ago, a mere handful of test pilots had flown above 100,000 feet. In 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped out of a balloon 102,800 feet above New Mexico. A year prior to Kittinger’s jump, "Joe" Jordan flew an F-104 starfighter to...

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