50 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin went into space

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50 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin went into space

50 years ago today, the cosmonaut painted on my wall made his first orbit.

Why the world still remembers its first spaceman

Every nation has its own glorious anniversaries to celebrate, but few are shared by the whole world. The anniversary of manned spaceflight, April 12, understandably is a red-letter day in Russia, homeland of the world's first space traveler, but it is a logical candidate for worldwide celebration as well.

Centuries from now, it may be one of only a few Earth-born anniversaries to be celebrated by off-world humanity. In anticipation of such a multiplanetary future for humanity, forward-looking people all over our present single planet should pause to consider what April 12, 1961, gave to Earth.

 

To mark the occasion, the astronauts onboard the International Space Station have filmed a new view of what Yuri would have seen as he travelled around the planet.

"Weaving these new views together with historic voice recordings from Yuri's flight and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people around the World on this historic anniversary."

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