April 12, 2011

50 Years Ago A Human First Orbited the Earth

..which is why we celebrate this date as Yuri's night.

Thank you! Thank you all so much. I...wait, what?

There's an awesome recreation of Gagarins' flight here...

There is much more on Gagarin here.

This is also the 30th anniversary of the first flight of Columbia. With that ship now lost and the whole shuttle program being disbanded this year one might think this is a bittersweet anniversary.  Rand Simberg explains why that is not so.

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