And now, NASA footage of a solar storm. To give you some idea of the scale of the coronal mass ejection (re: massive fire geyser) involved here, your mouse cursor is roughly the size that Earth would be when compared with the video. Or, to phrase it another way: wow.
Now, some people will say to you that Virgin space tourism counts as human spaceflight. But to put a bit of perspective on that, what they do is what Alan Shepard did in Freedom 7 in 1961 — a suborbital lob of fifteen minutes duration, an order of magnitude below what Yuri Gagarin did a month earlier. So what you can say about Virgin Galactic in 2012 is that it’s matched capability with, um, 1961.