Jurij Gagarin, the first human flight in space

“Come on!” said Major Jurij Gagarin before taking off his spacecraft. It was the year 1961. He was the first man to be launched into cosmic space. An event for humanity, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that extraordinary day on April 12th. Soviet, with a passion for flying that emerges during the early years of training, completes the first mission in the world in space, on board the spacecraft “Vostok 1” and beating the United States of America over time. Gagarin’s flight begins at 9:07 and ends at 10:55. In 88 minutes of circumnavigation of the earth, at the age of 27 he demonstrates to the whole world the concrete possibility of overcoming his limits and pushing his possibilities beyond the “Pillars of Hercules”. In short, he was the first to change his point of view on the Earth, on the known, orbiting around it and observing it from space and calling it, first, Blue Planet. This undertaking required a long and difficult training as well as an out-of-the-ordinary courage. Gagarin was born in a village two hundred kilometers from Moscow, March 9, 1934, a carpenter father and farm mother in a vast hilly area with a forest and industrial vocation, in what was then the Soviet Union. He graduated as a metalworker and in 1955 enrolled in an aeroclub, where he experienced the first flight of his life on a Yak-18. He enrolled in an aviation school, became part of the Soviet aviation, graduated in 1957 at the Air Force Academy in Orenburg. The rest is the story of man in space, through that first man named Jurij who made the big launch. If today we could interview Gagarin – who died at the age of 34 on March 27, 1968, crashing to the ground while on board a small MIG-15UTI fighter – we would certainly ask him when for the first time he dreamed of being a cosmonaut. Maybe not when he first set his eyes on the numbers; not even when he solved the first math problem; not even when he first mounted a bolt on an engine, or took the first aviation lesson. In none of these moments. What has consecrated Jurij was his ability to do everything with the same enthusiasm, the same discipline and the same passion that brought him to the Vostok1 spacecraft. We read that at the start of the countdown he said: “Roger, I feel good, the morale is excellent, ready to go.” If that interview was possible, we would like to ask Gagarin the travel plan, since from here on, sometimes, the Blue Planet seems to have lost track.

 

 

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