1. Modelling Yuri’s World

For some of us, words and pictures are not enough, we like to see things in three dimensions. Few of us though, have the space or the cash to collect real aircraft, rockets, statues, buildings and vehicles. Instead, we turn … Continue reading

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33. Globetrotting diplomat

The flight is over, but Yuri faces new challenges. It took a little while for the Soviets to realise what a propaganda coup they had pulled off. Once premier Nikita Kruschov takes matters in hand though, the stops are really … Continue reading

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30. GIVEN HALF A CHANCE

Fifty percent. That’s how some people reckoned Yuri’s chances of making it back. Asked about this afterwards, Yuri was dismissive: ‘Sometimes people trip over and break their necks walking along the ground.’ Continue reading

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Death of Yuri Gagarin – the truth 40 years on

After over 40 years of secrecy, the real cause of death of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, has been made public. Russia’s prominent cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov reveals the truth behind the events of that tragic day. Continue reading

28. SPACE BOUND ROCKETS & GROUNDED SLIPPERS

Cutting back to the kitchen sink in the middle of the drama of the launch was an idea I really loved. Not only was it a chance to bring back a sense of ordinary life outside the space program, the … Continue reading

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