[personal profile] aldorvan
Wow. It's 45 years ago today that Yuri Gagarin made the first manned spaceflight, and 25 years ago today that the first shuttle boosted into orbit. According to here there are celebrations in a number of places.

I'm too young (by about eight years) to recall Gagarin's flight, but I do remember Crippen and Young's flight - we'd had classes gathered to watch the original launch date on April 10, but the postponed launch was a Sunday and I was at home. It's one of my "flash memories", one of those times you can recall where and what you were doing. Things like the death of Kenedy (for those old enough), the SAS assault on the Iranian Embassy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mandela's release, the death of the Queen Mother, etc. Sadly, hearing of Columbia's destruction on 1 February 2003 is also one of the things I recall clearly (I was walking from the Tate Modern to the Whitechapel gallery with my friend Béa).

Date: 2006-04-12 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heliograph.livejournal.com
Have you see the show where they pretty convincingly prove that Gagarin wasn't the first in space? They sent another guy up before him, but he landed in China so the Soviets hushed it up.

Date: 2006-04-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jahred13.livejournal.com
Gah, could I have your email address again since I have mislaid it somewhere on my other pc. :o(

I was going to reply sooner but University and going to another country stopped that. The talk thing would be around October time if you are able to make it.


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