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Art appreciation post: Commemorating Space Race

I really like space-related vintage pieces and these are as neat as they come; Soviet Sputnik music box and Vostok 1 Slava brand alarm clock. The music box thing is unfortunately broken beyond repair; it played a tiny tune and made Sputnik beeps, as this video I found on YouTube shows (link). But the clock is in a full working condition after some small adjustments and a thorough cleaning at the watchmaker’s.

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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

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.

  • Them: "The first human mission to space took place April 12, 1961 when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made a single orbit of Earth in his spacecraft, Vostok 1."
  • Me: No actually it was The Boss and she went up in a prototype, unprotected spacecraft and burned for her country *Salute*
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The Soviet space program is the rocketry and space exploration programs conducted by the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (the Soviet Union or U.S.S.R.) from the 1930s until its dissolution in 1991. Over its sixty-year history, this primarily classified military program was responsible for a number of pioneering accomplishments in space flight, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile (1957), first satellite (Sputnik-1), first animal in space (the dog Laika on Sputnik 2), first human in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1), first woman in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6), first spacewalk (cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on Voskhod 2), first Moon impact (Luna 2), first image of the far side of the moon (Luna 3) and unmanned lunar soft landing (Luna 9), first space rover, first space station, and first interplanetary probe.

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Советская космонавтика относится к ракетной технике и программам исследования космоса, проводимым Советским Союзом (СССР) с 1930-х по 1991 гг.
СССР был первой страной, которая осуществила удачный запуск и вывод на околоземную орбиту искусственного спутника Земли.
Спутник-1 — первый искусственный спутник Земли, был запущен на орбиту в СССР 4 октября 1957 года.
Спутник-2 — второй космический аппарат, запущенный на орбиту Земли 3 ноября 1957, впервые выведший в космос живое существо — собаку Лайку.

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. He unfortunately died seven years later during a jet crash in 1968, and today is the anniversary of Gagarin’s accident. With that said, 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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The control panel from Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight. The Vostok 3KA spacecraft was launched on April 12, 1961 and took Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union into space. Due to concerns of adverse reactions from experiencing weightlessness, the manual controls on the spacecraft were locked prior to launch so the flight could be controlled by ground personnel.

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50 anni fa l'uomo nello spazio. Grazie Yuri :)