Ultima Thule mashup

Ultima Thule New Horizons impression2019 got of to a positive start, in astronomical terms. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made a close flyby of the distant object Ultima Thule on the edge of the Kuiper Belt. So little is known of this 20 mile long frozen lump but over the days and months, gigabytes collected during the flyby will trickle home to Earth.

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Sputnik Launced the Start of the Space Race

On this day of 4 October back in 1957, the first manmade object punched its way through Earth atmosphere. Many on the ground believed they could see the Sputnik satellite in the night sky. However, what they probably saw was the exhausted shell of the R-7 rocket that delivered it into orbit…
https://www.popularmechanics.com/…/a284…/r-7-rocket-sputnik/

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8 more facts you probably didn’t know about Gagarin…

The senior curator of a Science Museum exhibition charting the Soviet scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age (‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age’, which ran until March 2016) reveals eight things you (probably) didn’t know about Yuri Gagarin: (we did, they’re in the book)!…

https://www.historyextra.com/feature/quirky/yuri-gagarin-8-things-you-probably-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-first-man-space

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Gagarin Untold Story

Gagarin: Untold Story of First Man in Space (RT Documentary)

The world’s first Cosmonaut; everyone knows his name, but few people ever knew the man. Some say Yuri Gagarin’s iconic first spaceflight was the product of immense good fortune. Others believe he was destined for greatness. RT meets some of Gagarin’s friends and family, who tell the more personal and untold story of the first man ever to venture into space.

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10 FACTS ABOUT YURI GAGARIN YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

Yuri Gagarin London Airport 1961
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