Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight

Here's to happier anniversaries - fifty years ago today, the first man traveled into space and orbited the Earth. Yuri Gagarin was the first - and poured gas rocket fuel onto the heated Space Race.

It's also the thirtieth anniversary of the first flight of a space shuttle, the Columbia, on April 12, 1981.

Happier days for the US space program.

Fifty years - more than enough time for some unique rituals to develop.

(Thanks to Moe Lane for the reminder.)