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April 12th 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space

On this day in 1961, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin, a fighter pilot, was the successful candidate for the mission, being selected by Russian space programme director Sergei Korolev. Russia already had a lead in the Space Race, having launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, which was the first satellite in space. On April 12th 1961, Gagarin left Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, famously declaring ‘Poyekhali!’ (which means ‘Let’s go!’ in Russian). He spent 108 minutes completing an orbit of the planet. Upon re-entering the atmosphere, Gagarin executed a successful ejection and landed by parachute in rural Russia, to the consternation of locals. Yuri Gagarin became famous worldwide and a Russian hero, being awarded the nation’s highest honour - Hero of the Soviet Union. Gagarin died in 1968 when the training plane he was piloting crashed; his ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin.

“Don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”
- Gagarin to some stunned farmers when he landed

LOST - FAQ

Evey time I talk about LOST there is someone who ask some of these questions so I decided to make a frequently asked questions post:

- How did a polar bear arrive to a tropical island? The Dharma Initiative brought the polar bears among other animals for their experiments. After the Dharma Initiative was destroyed all the animals started to live free in the jungle. The Dharma Initiative got this kind of bears genetically modifying regular polar bears, that’s why they can survive in a tropical climate.

- Why is there a bird that says “Hurley”? The bird has an unusual appearance and is bigger than regular birds because is one of Dharma’s genetically modified animals. The bird does not say “Hurley”, the fact that its caw sound similar to Hugo’s nickname is just a coincidence. Note also that the other characters in that scene don’t think the bird’s caw sounds like Hugo’s nickname, only him.

- Why do pregnant women die in the island? This is a consequence of The Incident. After a huge amount of electromagnetic energy was released from inside The Island a residual energy was left in the surface which over the years caused the immune system illness that kills these women. This is also a paradox (both time and literary) because Juliet was the one who detonated the bomb that caused the energy leak (the leak caused by the Dharma perforation was small). Juliet’s reason to be in The Island was to fix a problem that would have never existed if she never went to The Island in the first place.

- Why have they to push the button every 108 minutes? After The Incident an electromagnetic charge is continuously accumulating at The Swan. The Dharma Initative designed a system in which pushing that button discharges the electric buildup before it becomes dangerous. It has to be done every 108 minutes because that’s the time it takes for the buildup to reach dangerous levels. If the button is not pushed the energy is released which in big amounts would not only affect The Island but the entire world. The Dharma Initiative also installed a false-safe mechanism to use as an emergency in case pushing the button failed. This is the mechanism that Desmond activates at the end of season 2. The false-safe mechanism was meant to seal the leak of energy coming from inside of The Island but its creators were unsure which could be the consequences or if it would safely work out.

- Why was Walt special? He was born with psychic powers, he can summon animals and have premonitions. He probably has more powers that weren’t shown considering that Walt himslef seems to not be aware of his own powers. These powers are why The Others were so interested in making him one of them but Walt didn’t want to join and was hostile towards them. The Others became scared that Walt could hurt them and decided to let him go with his dad (after using Michael to get Jack, Kate and Sawyer).

- What do The Numbers mean? Jacob assigned one number from 1 to 360 to each candidate to Protector Of The Island. The Numbers (4 8 15 16 23 42) represent each one of the last 6 remaining candidates. The Numbers are just Jacob’s method to organise his candidate system and have no special meaning.

- Why did The Numbers bring Hurley bad luck? They didn’t. Many characters tried to explain to him The Numbers weren’t cursed and weren’t related to his bad luck strike. The Numbers only had power over Hurley because he belived they had, is psychological. Hurley was destined to be in The Island and he would have end up there no matter what. If he had ignored The Numbers that wouldn’t have changed anything.

- Why were The Numbers being broadcasted from The Island’s radio station? The Numbers are the core numerical value of the Valenzetti Equation which the Dharma Initiative was studying. They were broadcasting them to the other members of the Initiative that were off The Island. Note: The Valenzetti Equation was made up for the show and is not part of any real scientific theory

- Why are The Numbers in the door of The Sawn and why are The Numbers the code you have to enter in the computer? The Numbers were engraved in the hatch simply because that is the serial number. Then when they needed a code for the computer they decided to use the number that is in the door because is easier to remember since is already there. Is like when in the computer of your work or your school they use as a password the floor number or similar. 

- If The Numbers don’t have a especial power, why do they appear all the time? They have different meanings (for Jacob, Dharma, Hurley) despite being the same numbers to reinforce the constant theme on the show that everything is connected in one way or another. They also represent the necessity we humans have to search for patterns where there aren’t, to try to find an explanation for chaos and feel better. The Numbers appear very often in the background of the show too as easter eggs for fans who enjoy little details.

- Were they dead the whole time? No, they were not dead. They are dead only in the flash sideways universe which is a non-physical place to help them prepare for what comes after death. Which is this place exactly (purgatory/ limbo/ etc.) or what comes next (heaven/ reincarnation/ etc.) is vague on purpose as the show writers wanted each viewer to interpret this according to their personal beliefs.

- Does this mean all the characters are dead at the end of the show? No, the fact that all the main characters are in the flash sideways doesn’t mean they all died at the end of the show. Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Hurley, Desmond, Penny, Rose, Bernard and Ben are all alive when the show ends but they appear in the flash sideways with all the characters whose deaths we have seen on the show. This is because in this place time doesn’t exists. Every time a character has died in the show they (their souls/ minds/ etc. according to your beliefs) went to this place and Sawyer, Kate, Claire and co. will keep living their lives (after what we have seen in the final season) and when they are old and unavoidabily die they will go to this place too but the people who were already there don’t feel like they have been waiting despite in the physical world many years have passed.

- If Sawyer, Kate, Claire and etc. all live many years after what we have seen in the finale why their “ghosts” look young? They all look like the age they had in The Island because those were the most important times of their lifes. Their appearance has nothing to do with the age they have when they die. They could die at 90 years old and they would still appear in the flash sideways with the age they had in The Island.

On this day in 1968, Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, died never having gotten to see man touch the surface of another world.

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home — forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is — a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. Unfortunately, Yuri died seven years later during a jet crash in 1968, never having gotten to see man touch the surface of another world.

We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight to date.

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The age of human spaceflight began 56 years ago when Yuri Gagarin launched into space aboard Vostok 1. The 27-year-old Gagarin’s flight lasted 108 minutes during which he completed one revolution of the Earth. Upon his return to Earth, Gagarin toured the world as a beloved Hero of the Soviet Union and praised the world over for his historic accomplishment.

Roughly every six weeks or so the ground track of the International Space Station matches up with that of Vostok 1′s at the same time of day that the historic mission flew. This allows astronauts on board the ISS to see the world almost exactly as Gagarin saw it. 

In 2011, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli filmed the Earth during one of these orbits as part of a film called First Orbit, created by filmmaker Christopher Riley. Audio of Gagarin’s flight and his conversations with ground control are included in real time to simulate the cosmonaut’s historic journey.

Gagarin? Interesting...

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in world history to fly to outer space. The launch vehicle Vostok with the Vostok-1 spacecraft carrying Gagarin was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. After 108 minutes of flight, Gagarin landed successfully in the Saratov region, not far from the city of Engels, Russia.

Yuri Gagarin visited about 30 countries on invitations from foreign governments and public organizations.

On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin was killed in a plane crash near the village of Novosyolovo in the Vladimir region, performing a training flight on an MiG-15UTI aircraft under the guidance of an experienced instructor V.S. Seryogin. The causes and circumstances of the plane crash remain unclear until today.

This is random

but during the R*al/Bayern match on Tuesday, I decided to take my blood pressure at different times throughout the match just out of curiosity…mainly bc pretty much none of the american friends/family can believe that “boring soccer” could ever be stressful. for comparison’s sake, when I took it on sunday (no football) it was 105/74, pulse rate 73, which according to my super-scientific google search is very normal. So here’s what it looked like throughout the match:

CL anthem playing: 118/82, pulse 108. 

13th minute: 131/78, pulse 119

Penalty (Lewy): 150/96, pulse 125

Extra time: 120/85, pulse 117

btw, I was legit scared that Lewy would miss the pen for some reason…

so anyway, idk if I’m the only one here who gets this stressed…maybe I’m just weird 😒

“REY IS A KEN/OBI BC THERE IS ALWAYS A KEN/oBI IN STAR WARS AND OBI-WAN’s LEGACY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SKYWALKERS”

;Star Wars: The Phantom Menace;
Ewan McGregor screentime: 21 minutes, 15 seconds.
Jake Lloyd screentime: 23 minutes, 30 seconds.

;Star Wars: Attack of the Clones;
Ewan McGregor: 34 minutes.
Hayden Christensen: 48 minutes.

;Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith;
Ewan McGregor: 37 minutes, 15 seconds.
Hayden Christensen: 52 minutes, 45 seconds.

And I am not even going to include the OT screentime because Alec Guinness only had about roughly 20 minutes in entirety and Luke Skywalker has a grand total of 108 minutes of screentime alone.

… and the ST is based on the OT, not the PT. The more you know.

I made a list of all the character deaths during the Chimera Ant Arc
  • #77. 17 minutes 26 seconds: Kurt
  • #77. 17 minutes 36 seconds: Reina
  • #80. 14 minutes 30 seconds: Pekuba
  • #80. 16 minutes 09 seconds: Balda
  • #80. 18 minutes 18 seconds: Ponzu
  • #82. 11 minutes 36 seconds: Mosquito
  • #82. 16 minutes 24 seconds: Yunju dies
  • #82. 17 minutes 47 seconds: Centipede
  • #83. 15 minutes 14 seconds: Baro
  • #83. 18 minutes 43 seconds: Rhino
  • #83. 20 minutes 36 seconds: Frog
  • #84. 21 minutes 39 seconds: Pokkle
  • #85. 21 minutes 53 seconds: Kite
  • #88. 11 minutes 25 seconds: Baital, Goran, Kabutsu, Pokoro, Zemu
  • #91. 4 minutes 10 seconds: Peggy
  • #91. 5 minutes 16 seconds: Turtle
  • #91. 12 minutes 47 seconds: Mother, Father
  • #91. 13 minutes 32 seconds: Daughter
  • #92. 11 minutes 8 seconds: Chimera Ant Queen
  • #93. 5 minutes 2 seconds: Masador Diego
  • #94. 12 minutes 10 seconds: Rammot
  • #96. 14 minutes 16 seconds: Gorilla
  • #96. 16 minutes 09 seconds: Pell
  • #96. 16 minutes 13 seconds: Boki
  • #96. 21 minutes 35 seconds: Zazan Division Officer
  • #97. 2 minutes 58 seconds: Zazan Division Officer
  • #97. 8 minutes 34 seconds: Pike
  • #97. 17 minutes 40 seconds: Zazan
  • #101. 15 minutes 57 seconds: Ortho siblings
  • #102. 17 minutes 41 seconds: Shogi champion
  • #103. 9 minutes 28 seconds: Go champion
  • #106. 6 minutes 21 seconds: Taragette
  • #107. 11 minutes 31 seconds: Leol
  • #107. 14 minutes 22 seconds: Palm
  • #108. 20 minutes 42 seconds: Eagle
  • #110. 21 minutes 48 seconds: Flutter
  • #113. 11 minutes 31 seconds: Inzagi, Maenore
  • #126. 21 minutes 1 seconds: Isaac Netero
  • #131. 21 minutes 53 seconds: Neferpitou
  • #133. 14 minutes 53 seconds: Menthuthuyoupi
  • #135. 6 minutes 57 seconds: Shaiapouf
  • #135. 23 minutes 11 seconds: Meruem
  • #135. 23 minutes 25 seconds: Komugi
  • #78. - #135.: Unnamed
  • Me: *is pissed off by something*
  • Me: What would John Locke do?
  • John Locke: Did you try boar hunting?
  • John Locke: Did you try #sweatlodge?
  • John Locke: Can I interest you in a game of backgammon?
  • John Locke: Can I get back to you in 108 minutes?
  • John Locke: I don't have an answer right now but let me forward your question to the island.

On this day In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home – forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is – a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

55 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home — forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is — a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

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Our RoboCop Remake - Full Movie

Alright! We’ve released our manic multi-filmmaker RoboCop remake it it’s entirety online and for free. So here it is. Based on the original 1987 RoboCop, filmmakers remade their individual scenes however they wanted. 108-minutes. 60 little scenes. A great group of filmmakers put some amazing work into this thing, so hope you load it on your Apple TV or XBox or computer, kick back with some kettle corn, and enjoy it.