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Yuri's Planet

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Robby

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    Yuri's Planet
    Image Credit: ISS Expedition 7 Crew, EOL, NASA
    (Image record from Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth)

    Explanation: On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human in space. His remotely controlled Vostok 1 spacecraft lofted him to an altitude of 200 miles and carried him once around planet Earth. Commenting on the first view from space he reported, "The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly". Alan Shepard, the first US astronaut, would not be launched until almost a month later and then on a comparatively short suborbital flight. Born on March 9, 1934, Gagarin was a military pilot before being chosen for the first group of cosmonauts in 1960. As a result of his historic flight he became an international hero and legend. Killed when his MIG jet crashed during a training flight on March 27, 1968, Gagarin was given a hero's funeral, his ashes interred in the Kremlin Wall. On yet another April 12th, in 1981, NASA launched the first space shuttle.




    (Via NASA)
     
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    That picture is huge!
     

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