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Fifty Five Years Ago

First Orbit:

2.19 Гагарин: Поехали! (Off we go!)

7.40 Гагарин: ЗАРЯ, я КЕДР, наблюдаю облака над Землёй–мелкие, кучевые–и тени от них. Красиво. Красота! Как слышите? 24 more words


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“First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1961,” photograph by Alexander Sergeyev/Fotokhronika TASS
“Fire in San Francisco following the great earthquake of 1906,” photograph by USGS


The Greeting of the First Cosmonaut

Mykhaylo Khmelko  Oil on Canvas 1962

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel to space.  At just 27 years old, the Soviet Cosmonaut was launched from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in the Vostok I. 

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"First Orbit"

55 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin (Юрий Гагарин) simultaneously became the first man to ever fly in space and orbit the Earth. He lifted off at 06:07 UTC from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on his Vostok-1 rocket, call-sign Kedr (Кедр), and entered a 177 x 91 nautical mile orbit. 133 more words

Happy Cosmonautics day!

Today is the anniversary of the first human space flight, known by the UN as the International Day of Human Space Flight and in Russia as Cosmonautics day! 157 more words


The 1951 Club Revisited ... Space Explorers

The 1951 Club Revisited … Space Explorers

In 2011 I published a post about the astronauts & cosmonauts who were all born during 1951. Please click on the link below to view.


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