Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This date in Manned Space Flight.....

If you're been reading this blog for a while you are well aware that I am a big NASA guy, more specifically I'm a big fan of Manned Space Flights. Today marks two major milestones in that journey.

Fifty years ago today Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. It is without a doubt one of our greatest achievements. The Telegraph has more on how Russia is honoring one of its greatest heroes today.

Google is honoring the Gagarin's launch with a special doodle today.

That is not the only anniversary being celebrated today. On this date 30 years ago, the first orbital mission of the Space Shuttle program was launched as Space Shuttle Columbia took off with Commander John Young (who is one of 12 men to have walked on the moon) and pilot Robert Crippen on board. The mission only lasted two days but obviously was a monumental step in space travel. The shuttle was way ahead of its time and I honestly don't know when we'll have a space craft like this again.

As part of the anniversary NASA announced where each of the remaining Space Shuttles will reside once NASA retires the fleet later this year. The prototype Enterprise, will be moved from the Smithsonian extension near Dulles Airport just outside of Washington D.C will be moved to New York City. It will be replaced there by Space Shuttle Discovery. Really looking forward to seeing both of them in the near future.

William Shatner narrated a fifteen minute video for NASA to commemorate this anniversary.

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