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My first choice was Laika-come-home. Sort of a Lassie thing. But it was taken. So, much like the Soviet space program, I try to make the best of what’s available.
Just a note for the fine folks who follow this blog. I’m in the process of moving right now—to within 20 miles of the Kennedy Space Center (sweet!)—and won’t have a lot of time to update much. I haven’t abandoned the blog and I have tons of propaganda posters and Yuri Gagarin bio info, dozens of space dogs and more. Спасибо! (thanks!) Until next week…
Special cancellation (premier jour / first day cover) - 20th anniversary of the First Piloted Space Flight. April 12, 1981.
La Sojuz, la capsula orbitale che si lancia con questo razzo, si usa ancora. Porta gli astronauti sulla Stazione Internazionale. Ma all’epoca della sua progettazione si chiamavano cosmonauti.
Un grazie a Rodjo che mi ha fornito questa immagine.
Today is Yuri’s Night!
- Yuri Gagarin
“Let’s go!” - Uttered during the launch of Vostok 1 (12 April 1961)
Today is WORLD COSMONAUTICS DAY, the 52nd anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic orbit of the Earth.
Vostok 1 (Russian: Восток-1, East 1 or Orient 1) was the first spaceflight in the Vostok program and the first human spaceflight in history. The Vostok 3KA spacecraft was launched on April 12, 1961. The flight took Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union, into space. The flight marked the first time that a human entered outer space, as well as the first orbital flight of a manned vehicle. Vostok 1 was launched by the Soviet space program, and was designed by Soviet engineers guided by Sergei Korolev under the supervision of Kerim Kerimov and others.
1) First Satellite (Sputnik) 2) Orbit of Luna
Soyuz TMA-18 cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko eats cucumber after landing in Kazakh steppes near town of Arkalyk, in central Kazakhstan, 25 September 2010