Science Friday with Ira Flatow. Last Friday Ira discussed the upcoming 50th anniversary of Yuri Gargarin's flight into space. There is a group that is organizing celebrations of this event all over the world. The focus is on celebrating man's first spaceflight and the value of continued space exploration.
I'm also a "follower" of Neil deGrasse Tyson on twitter. Today's tweet was as follows:
He went on to explain that the first mammals to achieve orbit in order were: dog, guinea pig, mouse, Russian Human, chimpanzee and American human.
Our local newspaper did its best to try to convince us that we were catching up with the Soviets by publishing this chart. However, Soviet cosmonaut Titov had orbited the earth 17 times a full six months before Glenn traveled into space.
On this the 50th anniversary of man's entry into space, I can't help but think about the sacrifices in both capital and lives lost that have contributed to where we are now. We have an INTERNATIONAL space station -- a microcosm of what cooperation among nations and BOTH men and women can mean to our future on this planet. In these difficult financial times, I can't help but wonder where we will be on the centennial anniversary of our entry into space.
I did my best as a science teacher of 5th and 6th grade students to share my love of space with the next generation. This picture is of my students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati mugging for the camera. This and several other pictures were mailed to John Glenn.
Wishing everyone a happy Yuri's Night. Dreaming of a world of cooperation among humans from all nations.
Note: If you share my interest in this topic, you may want to read this link. This link discusses a book to be released next month that discusses what amounted to a suicide mission of a Russian cosmonaut. It is an amazing story.