Propilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 545 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 834 times:
Today is the 44th anniversary of the first human that flew into space on April 12, 1961, 44 years ago and that was Yuri Gagarin. It was known as the space race back then, the Russian's beat us into space first, but America won the race to the moon. Today there is no space race, there is now a partnership and friendship between America and Russia, cooperating as a team of nations to continue construction on the International Space Station. There is a total of 16 nations building the ISS. This May NASA will launch the space shuttle program again, Discovery is lifting off after more than 2 years it has been grounded after the Columbia disaster, were committed and determined and faithful for the space program, so here we launch!
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 823 times:
I think technically it would be more correct to say it's the anniversary of the first human returning from the Space, as there's evidence that Yuri Gagarin was not the first cosmonaut to go up, but rather the first one to come back alive.
Nevertheless, as you said, this, together with the US Apollo Moon-missions, has (contrary to what it would seem back in the 1960's) unified the Earthlings' Exploration of What's Above The Clouds.
It's a little sad though that the Space Race slowed down. It would be interesting to watch humans take their first steps on Mars today.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2561 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 809 times:
"...the Russians beat us into space first, but America won the race to the moon." Well, with crew, yes.
People forget that the Russians got to the moon first (actually, they crashed unmanned Luna-2 into the surface in Sept 1959, and then took the first pictures of the never seen before far side with Luna-3 later that year.
Interestingly, the manned missions could have possibly been joint ventures as Kennedy and Kruschev spoke with each other about the feasibility. The assasination of President Kennedy and Kruschev's fall from power put any such idea into the cooler. Regards..Jack
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 797 times:
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2): I thought it was Ilyushin who went up first but he landed in China and Russia denied it all.
I completely forgot about Ilyushin, I think you're right. The Lost Cosmonauts site says Ilyushin was the 2nd though, but indeed the first to come back alive (although injured)
Quoting LY7E7 (Reply 3): Just another conspiracy. nobody can prove that, so why coming up with this mantra at all?
It might very well be a conspiracy. But then again, isn't it in human nature to venture beyond facts in some cases? Why were all the early Soviet manned space flights were announced after they had been successfully completed? Most screwups were covered up as a standard in the USSR, just think about the KE007, the Chernobyl blast and hundreds of other 'mishaps'.
Why not at least consider the possibility that some unsuccessful space missions were also kept a secret?
Besides, having had the joy of riding a Moskvich car for half a dozen years of my childhood, I find it rather difficult to believe that the first manned space flight the Russians tried was a success.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12715 posts, RR: 80 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 767 times:
Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has become progressively more open about their space programmes, it was only in 1990 that they ever admitted they'd been in the Moon race at all.
They've admitted the many mishaps they had, as well as opening up about the circumstances with known ones, such as the fatal flights of the first Soyuz and the first mission to a Salyut Station in 1967 and 1971 respectively.
So in that context........