50 years of manned space exploration

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in human history: the day when a human being left the confines of Earth and entered space.
On this date, April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first such person. It took him just 108 minutes to orbit Earth and he returned as the World’s very first space man.

First Orbit – the movie is a feature-length, experimental documentary film about Vostok 1, the first manned space flight around the Earth.
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin’s original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard.
The full length movie is available on YouTube:

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  1. Joseph Haley says:

    Some years ago, I met some Russian grad students that were visiting Tallahassee. They were emphatic that Gagarin was not their first cosmonaut to try an orbital flignt. They told me his name, but in my dotage it escapes me. He only made a partial orbit. There was a malfunction and he crashed. I have the impression that he survived, but I’m not sure. That year was an anniversary of Gargain’s flight with a celebration held, of which there was a contact number. I called and told them of the of the information that I had heard, and they said that that was correct, but that their goverment suppressed this information in order that their was no question that Gagarin was the first orbital flight. At least htis cosmonaut should be remember for his attempt. Can anyone elaborate.

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