Google Doodles 50th Anniversary of Humans in Space
April 12, 2011 1 Comment
The Russian Yuri Gagarian was the first human to travel to space, and it happened on April 12th 1961.
This is the link to Time magazine cover story on Gagarian, published 9 days after his historic flight. It makes me wish I lived during those historic 60’s.
From Leningrad to Petropavlovsk, the U.S.S.R. came to a halt. Streetcars and buses stopped so that passengers could listen to loudspeakers in public squares. Factory workers shut off their machines; shopgirls quit their counters. Schoolkids turned eagerly from the day’s lessons. Somewhere above them, a Soviet citizen was arcing past the stars, whirling about the earth at 18,000 miles an hour, soaring into history as the first man in space.