APEXSET celebrates Vostok 1 and 50 years of manned spaceflight (1961-2011)


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When Russia's Yuri Gagarin launched into space with Vostok 1, on April 12th, 1961, he only spent 108 minutes in orbit before returning to Earth.
But his miraculous journey bought the cosmos to Earth for all mankind and broke ground for a startling array of galactic achievements involving man in space that we still continue to herald today.

Gagarin was a gentlemen and a spiritual martyr in his own right; one of the elite of the Soviet Air Force :salute:, a pure hearted individiual with an imagination enough to map the Milky Way and his smile still moving us to joy :hello:, he gave Russia, still an outstanding global influence again in the 21st century, the push to move forward more than ever in space, from the Salyut space stations to Mir, the ISS and the future.
Now, the growing nation's space agenda is ambitious again, with heavy launch vehicles, space bases and men on the Moon and Mars to be acheived in the next three decades. :woohoo:​

Unfortunately, Yuri A. Gagarin died in 1968 when his MiG-15 trainer aircraft crashed near Star City, but this tragedy will not silence the impact that Gagarin had on manned spacecraft, by making us all realize we can go into space: his escapades drove today's leading space power, the United States, and China to put their own men into space, and more, which is also a focal point for today's celebrations.

We now have set foot on moon, fulfilled a permanent presence in Earth orbit, a reusable space vehicle provides a platform for our wildest dreams above the globe, and humans have pioneered new technologies and materials that will bring the promise of space to life on Earth.
Space tourists will make it to the stars anytime soon this year, economic manned spacecraft are pioneering exploration on the cheap, and eventually orbiting hotels will provide the most extraordinary holidays in human history.

...to the pioneers of today.
Before 1961, we did believe we could go into space, but Gagarin's flight was the result of people who exerted themselves to get him up there, and that is what others did to acheive what we cannot afford to lose today. We cannot be more grateful for the effort, the triumph and the heroism of Vostok 1 and Gagarin, and we wil not allow their legacies to be shagged by the burdens of history.

Today, APEXSET proudly celebrates Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1 and the resulting 50 years of manned spaceflight, in conjuction with Russia's Cosmonautics Day and the international Yuri's Night party fest - both set to raise global awareness about Gagarin and the dream of manned spaceflight, always for the better.

But after 50 years of manned flight, what else have we done? We have not colonized the moon or set foot on Mars. The visions of 2001: A Space Odyssey are not realized for all on Earth, not just professional astronauts.
And although we have our own problems here on Earth (Afghanistan, military build-ups, corrupt countries, climate change, political creme),
we can stop them from standing in the way of hope and live again.

Gagarin has, after all, passed the torch of manned spaceflight to the other generations and that of today; let's preserve its flame and use it to guide man to the future and into space, where man will last forever after we lose our Earth - but above all, Yuri Gagarin, on April 12th, 1961, will the thunder of his R-7 launch vehicle, lit that flame for you to move.

Happy April 12th, :thumbup: