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Our Strange Sky: What Yuri saw 50 Years Ago, First Manned Spaceflight Remembered

On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human in space. His remotely controlled Vostok 1 spacecraft lofted him to an altitude of 200 miles and carried him once around planet Earth. Commenting on the first view from space he reported, “The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly“. His view could have resembled this image taken in 2003 from the International Space Station.

Lots of sites are talking about cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin‘s launch into Earth orbit 50 years ago. A launch that made him the first human in Earth orbit. Also, space.

Google’s got a special animated doodle in place. We’ve dropped a screen cap of it below. Maybe it will show up in their logo history tomorrow.

There’s the yearly worldwide celebration at Yuri’s Night.

New Scientist has a behind the scenes photo history of Yuri’s photo album.

And this year, there is an extra-special twist in honor of the 50th anniversary of that historic flight. “Yuri’s Night” 2011 will feature the world premiere — on YouTube, no less — of an experimental documentary film called First Orbit, by Chris Riley, co-director of In the Shadow of the Moon. Done in collaboration with the European Space Agency, First Orbit was shot aboard the International Space Station by ISS Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is an accomplished space photographer as well as an astronaut.

View the documentary below the jump.
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Sputnik 1 Re-imagined in a Vintage Style Poster

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Justin Van Genderen has created a beautiful series of Soviet styled vintage space posters. Remember those times when there were social revolutions, the USA was fighting a war in a country across the world and the USA was digging in its heels in the great space race battle against the Soviet Union?

We went to the moon in those times.

We don’t go to the moon anymore.

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Nuclear Detonation Timeline 1945-1998. That’s 2053 Nuclear Tests All Over the World

Here you have your basic Nuclear Detonation timeline from recognized “Nuclear Weapon States.”

As the video starts out detonations are few and far between. The first three detonations represent the Manhattan Project and the two bombs that ended World War II. After a few representative minutes the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear club and the testing really starts to heat up.

Even though the video does not differentiate between sub-critical “safety” tests and full detonations, you get a good idea of the fever of the nuclear arms race.

Sleep well.

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