Here are all the incredible rockets and space vehicles that have carried humans to space. From Gagarin to Armstrong and every space explorer in between and after, each one of those brave heroes relied on Soyuz rockets and Saturn Vs and other types of rocket to launch them into the void embrace of space.

To celebrate those achievements, we made a video detailing the twelve machines–ancestors of rocket families and other incomparable spaceplanes–that have catapulted mankind towards the next frontier.

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So far, only the Russians, Americans and Chinese have successfully brought humans to space. It’s going to be so exciting to see which country or private company will bring humans to space next.


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