Gagarin’s Flight map at Bonhams

Among a space theme at Bonhams New York office is a piece of Gagarin history. Fancy a punt? Lot 14 GAGARIN’S FLIGHT MAP Москва; Ленинграц. [Moscow; Leningrad]. US$ 800 – 1,200 £620 – 920 Space History 20 July, 13:00 EDT … Continue reading

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Animated book summary

Yuri Gagarin will forever be known as the first man in outer space. The Russian cosmonaut’s 108 minute journey was the start of his short but eventful second life as an international hero. Here is a nice approach to his … Continue reading

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Making a graphic novel 14:

What was Yuri’s number? That was the question that was keeping me awake at night. Yuri was a fighter pilot, and Soviet fighter planes all have an individual number painted on each side of the nose in big black numerals. … Continue reading

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Making a graphic novel 12: Cosmodrome & Cold War

It is difficult on a book page to express the monstrous size of the R-7 launch facility. A few years ago, the Russians helped to build an identical launch pad, to the original drawings, in Ghana. There are construction photographs … Continue reading

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Making a graphic novel 9: Mig15 & Valya

A new star thunders onto the scene! The Mig 15 was the Soviet Union’s top fighter jet in the 1950’s, and yes, another plastic kit had to be hastily built. It wasn’t quite that easy though. For Yuri’s pilot training … Continue reading

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