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It's been 50 years since the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit. Is commercial space travel next?

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A rendering of the Boeing CST-100 capsule

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This undated artist rendering provided by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), shows Space Exploration Technology's new rocket Falcon Heavy.


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This file photo from April 12, 1961, shows Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin in the Vostok 1 command capsule. Gagarin became the first man in space. Gagarin orbited earth one time at an altitude of 187 3/4 miles (302 kilometers) for 108 minutes at 18,000 miles an hour.


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Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club April 5, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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Children look at a poster depicting Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

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