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Sixty years ago today - first man in space

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by eclecticsynergy, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Friend of Leo's

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    Hats off to Yuri Gagarin, and all the scientists & tech workers who helped to put him up there.

    Humans had sent missiles above the atmosphere before, and put satellites & animals into orbit.
    But to me April 12, 1961, was the true beginning of the Space Age.

    Sure, the achievement was used for nationalist propaganda. So was the moon landing. How could they not?

    A genuine milestone in human history nonetheless.

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    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    100% right! He is a hero, where he was born is not relevant. That took some huevos and was a remarkable technological achievement.
    And for sure US and other scientists learned from it.
     
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    Speaking of...

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    "U.S. taking Russian medal to the Moon".
    Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. 18 July 1969. p. 4

    All those guys (and girls) had The Right Stuff imo.
     
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    His favorite song

     
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    Yes, Gargarin is a hero in my book. I remember sitting with my family in our backyard in Puerto Rico and watching Sputnik fly over.

    My dad was a pilot of B-36s and was enthralled by the event. He was equally taken by Gargarin’s flight. All of the American space flights culminated with the moon landing. My dad actually cried and said that was the finest hour of flight.

    I wish he had lived longer to see some of the other space achievements. He would have been proud and amazed
     
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    I heard that he was a really nice guy too. ! Never let it go to his head.
     
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    I remember Komarov's death. Tragic.

    My grandma was born before the Wright Brothers first flight, and I sat with her and watched men walk on the moon. An incredible technology leap in one lifetime.
     
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    This a super cool story and a great memory/story
     
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    And just to be clear, in 1961, there was not a lot of technology to work with.
    This is what we were driving around in. This is the state of the art of the American automobile.
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    And here is a state of the art computer.
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    My dad and I watched every human NASA launch from Mercury through Gemini and Apollo together. He too was in the Air Force at a SAC support base during the 50s and was (and still is) enthralled with space exploration. He would wake me up (west coast) for every launch and if there was a delay, I would go back to bed only to be awakened again minutes before lift-off. It was too bad that we could not watch the live lift offs by the Soviet Space Agency too. We followed them all the best we could, but yeah, Yuri Gargarin was a historic hero of the times. Famous for saying, "the Earth is blue".
     
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