Monday, April 11, 2011

50 Years of Human Spaceflight!


Tomorrow night is Yuri's Night, a celebration of the first human spaceflight, made on April 12, 1961 by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. His flight took one orbit that lasted 108 minutes in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.

He was the first person to leave the bonds of the Earth's gravity and the first to see the planet as a globe without borders. The celebration of this event has slowly been growing over the years, and hopefully you will join in too. You can find out more and event locations spanning the globe at yurisnight.net, and more on Yuri Gagarin on Wikipedia.


"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!"
Yuri Gagarin, 1st person in space


[Sorry this one is relatively short, messing around with this template and still trying to get back into things.]


14 comments:

Biff Tanner said...

That would be something.

Rob said...

I'd be happy to try space travel... Though I'd probably be too scared to.

Good luck on the template stuff!

Salman A said...

Hm, I haven't heard about this. Thanks for letting me know about Yuri's Night, now I know :)

mac-and-me said...

lets hope we see another human manned flight to another planetoid (or even moon ;_;)

Grafted said...

Hadn't ever heard of Yuri's Night, you can celebrate it by getting drunk, right? Lol, jk

Major.Mack said...

1961? i didnt realize 50years?!??

G said...

it would be a total rush...can't wait!

Robert Fünf said...

Wow. I didn't know the space program was that old.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Go yuri go!

And wow, this means my mom is turning 50 this year.... What to do?

Astronomy Pirate said...

Bring out to Idaho to hang with Spudz Mckenzie.

Astronomy Pirate said...

Grafted, I think the proper Russian tradition is to drink half a bottle of vodka. It would help when you think that you are sitting on top of giant complex bomb that will blow you into space.

Zombie said...

Darn Russians getting to space before us!

Jay said...

Yeah!

It is unfortunate that he had to died so young. :|

Daily01 said...

THis is why Russians > Americans.

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