Exploring the Universe
Space pictures featuring a collection of astrophotographers, space artists, major observatories and space organisations.
Vostok 1 was launched from Kazakhstan on 12th April 1961, this was the first human spaceflight in history. Manned by Yuri Gagarin, he became the first man in space. The flight lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes from lift-off to touch-down, and made one orbit of Earth.
The Magellan spacecraft was launched 4 May 1989 to map the surface of Venus. The probe was one of NASA's most successful interplanetary missions providing radar images of a superior quality.