“When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!” – Yuri Gagarin
Eight years before man had the courage to step foot on the moon (see also Man on the Moon article), he first had to traverse our Mother planet. It was Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, who successfully orbited the Earth in 1961. He also known as The Columbus of the Cosmos.
Today marks the 50th year since Gagarin, then 28 years young, made the historical spaceflight which shaped human spatial adventures. He blasted off in the Vostok 1, a 5-ton spacecraft and reached almost 200 miles above the Earth’s surface.
After his triumphant launch to space, Yuri toured abroad and promoted the Soviet Union as the first nation to send a man into space. He became an international celebrity and he continued his occupation as a pilot. Tragically, he passed away in an airplane crash at the young age of 38, leaving behind a legacy which molds human spaceflight to date.
“I see Earth! It is so beautiful!”
As human beings who are currently and luckily witnessing the beauty of the Earth, let us commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s legacy by creating sprocket-rockety, panoramic pictures using the Lomography Sprocket Rocket Camera!