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Celebrating Yuri Gagarin's 1961 Flight Into Space 124

DeviceGuru writes "The 50th anniversary of the first-ever manned space flight, by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, is being celebrated on April 12 with a two-day early activation of the ARISSat-1 ham radio satellite aboard the International Space Station. If you can get your hands on a scanner or ham handy-talkie you can join in the celebration by listening to prerecorded messages from the satellite as it orbits the globe tonight and tomorrow."
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Celebrating Yuri Gagarin's 1961 Flight Into Space

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  • FTFWPA: "The entire early history of the Soviet manned space program has been declassified and we have piles of memoirs of cosmonauts, engineers, etc., who participated. We know who was in the original cosmonaut team, who never flew, was dismissed, or was killed in ground tests. Ilyushin is not one of them."
  • by mikael_j ( 106439 ) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @03:08AM (#35790310)

    Yes, he jumped from a balloon at 31,200 m up, this is nowhere near the Kármán line at 100,000 m which is commonly defined as the edge of space.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @05:02AM (#35790724)

    Some translation of conversation just before flight between Korolev an Gagarin:

    Korolev: Yuri, then I want you just to recall that after a moment's willingness to take place six minutes and will start before the flight so that you do not worry. Reception.
    Gagarin: I understand, I am perfectly calm!
    Queens: There's a packing tube - lunch, dinner and breakfast.
    Gagarin: Clear
    Korolev: Sausage, Bean there, and jam for tea. 63 pieces, you will be thick.
    Gagarin: heh heh
    Korolev: After arrival, eat everything at once - instructs Korolev.
    ->>Gagarin retains a sense of humor:
    Gagarin: Main thing there is sausages to vodka drink with.
    Everyone laughs
    Korolev: Damn, and he writes all, the bastard! - Jokingly resents Korolev, knowing that the tape of Gagarin captures every word.
    Everyone laughs

    Original you can find in http://www.x-libri.ru/elib/innet170/00000001.htm
    sorry for bad translation ;))

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