First Orbit

By Phil Plait | October 6, 2011 7:03 am

I missed this a few months ago when it came out, but it’s pretty neat: First Orbit, a film made in space following Yuri Gagarin’s flight path as the first human ever to orbit our world:

The creators want to translate this film into as many languages as possible, and they’re looking for help. It seems like a pretty good idea; this year is the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight, and it’s appropriate that as many people get to experience this as possible.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Space

Comments (11)

  1. Orlando

    Поехали! (Poehali, russian for “Let’s roll!”, what Yuri Gagarin said as Vostok 1 lifted off from Baikonur cosmodrome)

  2. James

    I know that a lot of Cold War politics got wrapped up in Yuri’s flight but I have always seen him as an international hero. Sometimes all it takes is for one person to show that something can be done to start something wonderful. Yuri did that. He was the first man to strap himself on the top of a barely controlled explosion and view the Earth in an entirely different way proving that it could be done. There is just something great about that.

  3. Wow, you sure are late to this Dr. Plait!

    That’s okay, you’re a busy guy, so it can be forgiven. :D

    Here is my blog entry on the actual anniversary with the Google Doodle as well: http://larianlequella.blogspot.com/2011/04/50-years-ago.html

  4. Gary Ansorge

    Great to see this popularization of our space efforts.

    ,,,as an aside, here’s an iRIP to Steve Jobs. I’ll miss you Dude,,,

    Gary 7

  5. Robin

    Yuri has never received the credit he’s due. Not only was he the first human in space, he was the first to escape his capsule and land independent of it. Sure, it was a planned escape, but it was still very cool. Thankfully, every year there are people that remember Yuri and celebrate his accomplishment. Check out the Yuri’s Night website.

  6. Robin

    There’s picture up at Fragile Oasis’ Facebook page that is not only perhaps the most stunning image taken from the ISS or maybe from space at all, but also perfectly reflects the legacy of Yuri Gagarin. Here’s the link:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=258287434214551&set=a.186244471418848.42018.124983354211627&type=1&theater

    Note that you do not have to be assimilated into the Facebook collective to view or download the picture.

  7. Russell

    And each year all over the world people have a party just for him!

    http://yurisnight.net/

  8. Renee Marie Jones

    “Облетев Землю в корабле-спутнике, я увидел, как прекрасна наша планета. Люди, будем хранить и приумножать эту красоту, а не разрушать её!”

    — Юрий Алексеевич Гагарин

  9. Silent Bob

    @ 9

    Curse you, Renee Marie Jones.

    After a quick visit to Google Translate, your post actually made me tear up!

  10. Klaatu

    rennee marie jones translation.

    Overflights of the Earth in the ship-satellite, I saw how beautiful our planet. People will keep and increase this beauty, not destroy it

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