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50th Anniversary of Uri Gagarin 1st Flight into Space

Updated on December 23, 2012

50th Anniversary of Uri Gagarin 1st Flight into Space- It has been 50 years to the day since the very first man entered the outer orbit and travelled in Space. At the time I was only four but I do seem to remember the fuss that my parents made of the event. I also remember the number of TV Shows for children that sprung up following the event such as 'Lost in Space' and 'My Favourite Martian' to which I followed religiously. There were also a number of cartoons which seemed to run parallel with the advent in the space technology at the time again keenly followed by children who like me dreamed of being an Astronaut at the time.

Yuri Gagarin circumnavigated the World once in Space and set the precedent for Space Travel. This was at the time a contest between Russia or the Soviet Union and the United States. On this occasion the Soviet Union was first in actually getting a man into Space. The United States was of Course the first to put a man on the moon in 1969. Some eight years later. Yuri Gagarin has to be said was the trailblazer he was the first human to enter the weightlessness of space. At the time no one was sure what the effect would be on humans even though dogs and other animals had been sent up. The big difference that Soviet Rockets and the United States Rockets were that the Soviet Rockets would all land on land whereas the American rockets were landed with a splash into the sea. However the actual craft was unmanned on arrival in those early days as the astronaut would eject and parachute down to earth separate from his rocket. This was kept quiet by the Soviets for some 10 years after the event. Nevertheless a hero status has to be conferred on Gagarin for going where no man has gone before. After this time there was a space race which sort of ran parallel with the Arms Race and the Cold War between America and Russian during this period.

 This is a video of the famous speech in which John F Kennedy pledged that America would place a man on the moon before the decade was out.  Unfortunately for John Kennedy he was assassinated before the actual landing by Americans was made in 1969.


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