To Space

By on November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


One of the most memorable events to ever happen in human history was the moon landing that occurred in the 1960’s This was one of the most memorable events in the history of the United States and it also officially ended the race to the moon launched by John F. Kennedy. I distinctly remember learning about this moon landing and the quote “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” however we never really learned about the first man in space.

This man’s name was Iurii Gagarin he was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. Due to the fact he derived from the USSR we as Americans never really learned about this man. In the 1960’s, Iurii Gagarin was chosen from the Russian countryside along with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program. Gagarin was further selected for an elite training group known as the Sochi Six, from which the first cosmonauts of the Vostok program would be chosen. During this selection process Gagarin excelled and soon became the chose one to endure the travel to space.

Thus Gagarin ventured into space on April 1961 becoming the first human to not only trek into space but also became the first human to ever orbit the earth. In doing this Gagarin became a space race hero. Though this was a success not many people know that this success was a culmination of the countless years of failure and experimentation that occurred within the Soviet space program. His space venture was not soon forgotten by the Russian people, he was instead immortalized. Due to being “raised in the Russian countryside during the Great Patriotic War, and plucked from his village by the space program as trainee, Gagarin embodied the opportunities abundant in Soviet society for the Russians who readily identified with him.” He also became a worldwide celebrity traveling all over the world promoting the Soviet Union’s accomplishment of being the first to put a human into space.

 9 Responses to “To Space”

  1. seeingred says:

    It’s true that Gagarin’s story is not taught in the American schooling system, which is unfortunate because being the first man in space is such an incredible accomplishment. It is just as important, if not more so, than landing on the moon. I also really liked the fact that the first man in space was a relatively “normal” and “common” man from the countryside of Russia. I can see this fact giving great hope to the people of the Soviet Union.

  2. wilkins says:

    Nice post. I particularly liked reading that Gagarin was essentially an advert for the chances the Soviet people had under the influence of communism. The USSR must have had a great reputation after this but it may have been affected by them having to erect the Berlin Wall in 1961, the same year, in the GDR to stop the flow of people wanting to leave the nation.

  3. elundquist says:

    It is interesting that Gagarin, before becoming a celebrity in the USSR, was just a commoner. I’m sure that the USSR was thrilled to use his story to show that, under communism, it is possible to do anything even if you are just a “typical citizen”. While in reality most people would just live an ordinary life, we all know that the USSR would do anything to promote their way of life as the best way of life. It is also interesting that Gagarin is still not a part of American school curriculum. I can understand that the U.S. wouldn’t have wanted to promote the communist way of life during the Cold War, but considering that it has been over for more than 20 years, you would think that he would be taught about along with people like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

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