Space Is Calling! Russia’s Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

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Today Russia celebrates the Cosmonautics Day and we traditionally publish images of the first man in space.

On 12th April 1961 a carrier rocket “R-7” made at the plant “Progress” in Kuibyshev (presently called Samara) brought cosmonaut yuri Gagarin to the near-earth orbit. That event became the starting point of the space exploration by men.

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Pioneer Y. Gagarin. Out of twenty candidates Korolev chose Yuri. Height, weight and health were the most important factors.

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

He had good eyesight, heart and lungs. Abilities of Yuri’s organism were amazing, he showed high results at all tests – vibration, overload, hypoxia. He was psychologically stable too – even in the most stressful situations.

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

The first man in space also had a great observation skill and good memory. He was like a professional psychologist himself, could support and help everyone.

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

Space Is Calling! Russia's Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day

 

4 thoughts on “Space Is Calling! Russia’s Celebrating the Cosmonautics Day”

  1. Personally this should be a international holiday. This is one of mans greatest achievements. Looking back I don’t think it could have been done without Gagarin at the controls.

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  2. Gagarin wasn’t “at the controls” as I understand it. It was automated from the ground.
    And, he didn’t make it all the way back down to the ground, but parachuted out, before the capsule
    landed on the ground.
    Yeah, nothing about: Vladimir Komarov, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Patsayev

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