[FPSPACE] Glory to Yuri Gagarin and USSR space accomplishments (FPSPACE Digest, Vol 144, Issue 10)

Bill Wheaton bill at wwheaton.com
Fri Apr 15 22:44:41 EDT 2016


Friends,

It is not too late to remember and celebrate Yuri Gagarin and the USSR's 
space triumphs.  I believe they are great victories for all humankind, 
and for Co-Operative Life on Earth, and everywhere it may have arisen.

Small, feeble, foolish, and transient as we may be individually, these 
great achievements yet show how we can be great, strong, and sometimes 
even wise when we act together.

And if we can establish a secure, economically self-supporting human 
presence in space (before one of the many well-known huge disasters that 
threaten us strikes) we may even be as Eternal as the Universe itself.

I hope that, if we achieve that, we will join a larger society of 
intelligent life in the cosmos.

All the best,

Bill Wheaton


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> April 12, 1961.
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> First man, first Human to orbit the Earth. Returned safely.
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> As the Soviets would say in that long ago,
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> "Glory to Yuri!  Glory to Soviet Scientists and Engineers!  Glory to the
> Soviet People!  Glory to Krushchev [albeit not for long] and the Communist
> Party!"
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> I have several books that exemplify the aspirations of the budding space
> culture in the then-Russia.  The one that is my favorite is the one entitled
> "Wait for us, Stars!"  "Zhdite Nas, Zvezdiy!"  With paintings by Alexei
> Leonov and Andrei Sokolov.  Original text in both Russian and in English.
> Issued by the Young Guards Press, 1967.
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> It has an introdution by Yuri Gagarin.  Some of its first words are these,
> and from this vantage point, very lyrical:
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> "This is the story of Man's genius, of men exploring the Universe and
> subjugating the mighty forces of Nature to their will.  For ages people of
> different nations and in different countries have dreamed of flying to the
> stars..  The launching of the spaceship 'Vostok' which seemed a miracle to
> many, was actually not a miracle at all, but the product of the genius of
> Soviet people and the truly Herculean work done by our deisgners, engineers,
> technicians and workers.  The spaceship is a symbol of the century.  And,
> indeed, it is a fusion of pure science, technical achievement, and the high
> culture of the Soviet people."
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>   
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> My version has a blue paper insert (multiple pages) that has the text
> translated into French, German and Spanish as well.
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> The aspirations and the spirit of the "space culture" may in time catch fire
> with the right leadership.  As Yuri writes in closing in "Wait for us,
> Stars!",
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> "I am sure that many of those who read this album, young people especially,
> will go to the Moon, to Mars, and other planets, and will see for themselves
> the things described and depicted in drawings here.  But maybe they will see
> other things besides?  All the better.  The world will only benefit from
> it."
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> It may yet happen for Russia.  But not under Putin.
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