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Eight years ago yesterday, June 21, the first privately funded human spaceflight  happened. In 2005, Scaled Composites delivered SpaceShipOne to the National Air and Space Museum. Photo: NASM (Eric Long)

Eight years ago yesterday, June 21, the first privately funded human spaceflight happened. In 2005, Scaled Composites delivered SpaceShipOne to the National Air and Space Museum. Photo: NASM (Eric Long)

March 26, 2015, NASA announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth Asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago. (JPL/NASA)

March 26, 2015, NASA announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth Asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago. (JPL/NASA)

Graphic by Karl Tate/Space.com. It was 50 years ago when people first flew in space. Here’s an infographic that shows you the spacecraft humans have flown to reach that great void over the past half-century.

Graphic by Karl Tate/Space.com. It was 50 years ago when people first flew in space. Here’s an infographic that shows you the spacecraft humans have flown to reach that great void over the past half-century.

Fantastic photo! STS-43 launch @ Kennedy Space Center, August 2, 1991.The Space Shuttle Atlantis--a remote camera at the 275 foot level of the fixed surface structure took this picture.

Fantastic photo! STS-43 launch @ Kennedy Space Center, August 2, 1991.The Space Shuttle Atlantis--a remote camera at the 275 foot level of the fixed surface structure took this picture.

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