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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:12 AM

Sixty years ago today:



Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule, Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union....


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samnsara Apr 12 #1
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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:14 AM

1. remember the Spunick bubble gum?

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:10 AM

2. no, I don't.

Born a week before Sputnik I, I wasn't yet four when Gagarin went up. My earliest memory of a news event was watching John Glenn's launch.

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:20 PM

3. one of the big reasons Gagarin got the job was because

he was small enough to fit in the capsule.

But I think today's commercial airplanes are based on that capsule's size

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