hard to believe that with all humans have accomplished in space, that the
entire history of manned spaceflight is still less than the lifespan of the
average American. This week marks 50 years of manned space flight with the
anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first ever orbit of the Earth
by a human.
To celebrate the 50-year anniversary YouTube has
an hour and a half long movie that has footage shot from the ISS as it orbits
over the approximate path that Gagarin took in 1961. The movie is called First Orbit reports the Huffington
Post and the footage shows what Gagarin should have seen on his first
manned space flight in history. The footage is overlaid with the audio from
The Attic Room says of the video, "Weaving these new views together with
historic voice recordings from Yuri's flight and an original score by composer
Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people
around the World on this historic anniversary."
The video kicks off with Gagarin stating on the launch pad, "All I have
done and lived for has been lived for this moment."
Gagarin's orbit lasted 108 minutes and was aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1.
Gagarin's orbit of the Earth was a major catalyst for the space race that
eventually led America to shoot for the moon. Gagarin's first flight and the
first satellite in space - sputnik 1 - were the highlights of the Russian space
CNET News reports that one major reason Russia was able to beat
America into space was the way NASA had its program for manned flight laid out.
NASA wanted ground stations all around the world so astronauts could be in
constant communication. Russia sent Gagarin into orbit using ground stations
only in Russia so the capsule was out of communication for a long period of
Gagarin's life was cut short on March 27, 1968 when he a flight instructor
Vladimir Seryogin were killed when a MiG-15UTI crashed during a routine flight
near Kirzhach. Gagarin was at the time training for his second space flight.
Ironically, Gagarin's superiors had tried to keep him from flying out of fear
that the national hero would be killed in a crash.
quote: and I should be remembered
quote: during this period in the Soviet Union it did happen so I wouldn't say it's far fetched.