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 … 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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Inside Yuri’s living quarters

A peak inside Yuri’s original home, now a museum plus a potted history of Russia’s success in space exploration in this BBC report. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35079476 Continue reading

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Modelling Yuri’s World No3: The Vostok Orbiter

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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Ejection before landing

Mission planners avoided splashdowns at sea, in case US Navy ships were in the recovery area with surveillance cameras at the ready. Instead the Vostok crew modules were brought down on land, safely within Soviet territory. The favoured touchdown site … Continue reading

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