14 Apr 2011
Lovely animation called Gagarin - here - by Alexij Kharitidi
Major Yuri A. Gagarin, age 27, was the first man to orbit Earth. He was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was also a Soviet Air Force pilot and a parachutist.
Yuri Gagarin's parents were peasants on a collective farm in the village of Gzhatsk. Gagarin thus represented the ideal of the "new communist man." Gzhatsk is now called "Gagarin City."
Sergei Korolev was the Soviet Union's chief rocket designer. He selected Gagarin to be the first cosmonaut to orbit the Earth.
the 12 April is the anniversary of this event - 50 years (only) ago - more - With so many images of the Earth from space now available, it is perhaps hard to imagine how it felt to be the first person to view the Earth from that perspective. During his 108 minute flight, Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of the Earth, giving him a unique viewpoint of the Earth as a planet. This aspect raises his flight from an impressive technical achievement to a milestone in human history.
More than 500 humans have now travelled into space, representing over 30 countries. Satellites are now able to show us our home planet in extraordinary detail and tell us much about the way that we are changing it on a local and global scale.