50 years ago today

I spent about half an hour this morning skipping through a documentary called First Orbit about the first manned flight into space by Yuri Gagarin.

The film combines recordings of video and audio from the flight (in Russian but with English subtitles), modern high definition video taken from the International Space Station and beautiful music. The video is edited to show what Gagarin would have seen from his capsule. It’s over an hour and a half, and you’d have to be pretty patient to watch the whole thing, but the first 10 minutes or so is definitely worth a watch, especially putting yourself into his shoes as he’s heading into the ultimate unknown with very uncertain prospects of returning to Earth.



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