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      CommentAuthorCOMTE
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    ..06:17 UTC, 12, April 1961: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the First Man To Go Where No Man Had Gone Before.

    Yuri Gagarin

    "Budem zdorovy!"
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    ...and even now, some people really don't get the point. From the blog of military-COIN expert Andrew (Abu Muqawama) Exum:

    "So Google chooses today to celebrate the achievements of a brutal totalitarian regime (that one of its founders fled!) instead of the 150th anniversary of the war that freed the slaves and unified the United States of America. Super."

    That just boggled me.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011 edited
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    We went to space.

    We left the Earth where we came from, and touched the thing connecting and encompassing every single atom, particle, boson and thought in the entire universe. We've been there, and came back alright.

    If that thought doesn't make your day better, I don't want to know you.

    vostok

    Happy Yuri's Night, everyone.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    I've seen those early capsules in museums.

    Gargarin was extraordinarily brave. I'd be afraid to close the door on one that was resting solidly on the ground.

    I should probably launch a rocket tonight.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    I had about a dozen drops around east London today. Whenever anyone asked what the date was, i'd say "It's Yuri Gagarin day, April the twelveth". More people asked than didn't, none of them knew who he was. There is something wrong with this place, i'm sure there is.
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      CommentAuthortmcd02
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    I thought this was a pretty cool way to celebrate:

    "Apparently, one way NASA honored the 50th anniversary (today) of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic launch into space, was to have Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson team up with astronaut Cady Coleman for the "first space-Earth flute duet."
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    My bro was telling me about all the Russian Cosmonaughts that went missing and an article he read about them and the Italian guys that recorded a bunch of transmissions at the time. I wish I knew where the article was, or what the book was called that was written about it all. Have any of you heard of it?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011 edited
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    I've read that one, Neila! Oh, man, I wish I had the time to track it down again just now. I feel like it was archived at Damn Interesting, but I could be wrong.

    Edit: This is the best I can do for the time being.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2011
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    @Alan Tyson That's one of the transcripts of the transmissions my bro was telling me about. I found an article about it! And articles about the doctored photos where they edited out some of the missing cosmonauts (I noticed they forgot to remove one of their hands though)
    • CommentAuthorHelljin
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2011 edited
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    @Alan

    Wikipedia has a bit on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Cosmonauts

    Edit: I can't get my link to embed
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      CommentAuthorDavies0010
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
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    I celebrated.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
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    @Neila - here is the article about the Italian boys who recorded transmissions from the Soviet's space program.
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    Davies0010 - this is AWESOME

    Every year I celebrate this day in some form, is something so great.

    Don't matter the nation where someone is born orraised. When the thing is with space, we are all only citizens of Earth (yeah, I'm a trekker).
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
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    @DC thanks for the link!!