Photos: Celebrating the beginning of human space flight
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Photos: Celebrating the beginning of human space flight

From the Space exploration galleries series
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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off Feb. 6 for a demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the same pad where NASA launched rockets that carried astronauts to the moon. The launch was the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company rather than a government space agency. Here's a look back at early moments in space history.

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