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Curious Kazakh Gopher Not Curious About Nearby Spaceships

How he got to live there, I don’t know. For one thing he’s a gopher, not a cosmonaut or a rocket engineer, just an ordinary Kazhakh rodent who dug himself a hole. 222 more words

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Dancing for Gagarin: The USSR Celebrates the 'First Man in Space'

Neil Armstrong’s historic “small step” on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, is often seen as the final act in the decades-long Space Race… 276 more words

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Reach for the Stars!

In school, I was taught that Neil Armstrong was the first human to reach the moon and that the United States won the “space race.”  Nothing could be further from the truth. 290 more words

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Yuri Gagarin's Holiday

When Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin returned from the first successful manned space flight in 1961 he took a well-deserved holiday. We can only assume that this took place after a considerable debriefing by the Soviet military – it was, after all, a highly significant achievement and overnight he found himself to be the most famous living Russian after Nikita Khrushchev. 258 more words

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Daily Doodle 34

I’m not sure what it is but I definitely feel the need to actually get off the planet and float around somewhere as some sort of innocuous piece of space debris just watching everything in an abstract manner, doing absolutely nothing and sleeping a lot. 173 more words

Do You Remember When? America Entered the Space Race...

There was a time when we Americans clung to our TV sets to watch our first astronauts accomplish what we thought no man could. I recall standing in my yard and staring up into the October (1957) sky to look for a pinpoint of moving light,  the Soviet spacecraft… 2,030 more words