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Monday, 9 March 2015

First Cosmonaut Yu A Gagarin Would’ve Been 81 Today

00 Yuri Gagarin Birthday 2012


Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born 9 March 1934 in Gzhatsk (Smolensk Oblast, RSFSR). His mother, Anna Timofeyevna, and his father, Aleksei Ivanovich, were ordinary peasants from Klushino in Gzhatsk Raion. They gave young Yura a good work ethic and saw to it that he became a considerate person. Having lived through difficult times during the German occupation, the Gagarin family moved in 1945 from Klushino to Gzhatsk. After his graduation from secondary school, Yura entered Vocational School 10 in Lyubertsy on 30 September 1949, studying moulding and casting, finishing in June 1950. In August 1950, he entered Saratov Industrial College. On 25 October 1954, he started flight instruction at the Saratov flying club. In 1955, he graduated from Saratov Industrial College, and on 10 October 1955, he finished his flight training at the Saratov flying club. On 27 October 1957, Gagarin married Valentina Ivanovna Goryachyova, who was his faithful companion for many years. Their family grew; they had two daughters, Lena and Galya.

On 26 December 1957, he reported to the Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Northern Fleet. Learning about a candidate search for testing new technology, on 9 December 1959, Gagarin requested transfer to this group. On 18 December, they ordered him to report to Moscow, to go to the Central Scientific Research Aviation Hospital for a health test. On 3 March 1960, Lieutenant General of Aviation Kamanin presented Senior Marshal of Aviation Vershinin (commander of the VVS) with a list of selected pilots… the candidate cosmonauts. On 11 March 1960, Gagarin started this new phase of his life. On 25 March, the cosmonaut-training programme began in earnest. On 12 April 1961, Gagarin became the first man to make a space flight, flying the Vostok 1. He won the Hero of the Soviet Union, and the day of Gagarin’s spaceflight became a holiday… Cosmonautics Day, starting from 12 April 1962. With this endeavour, Gagarin opened up the Road to the Cosmos.

In 1966, Gagarin became an Honorary Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics, and, in 1964, he became commander of all Soviet cosmonauts. In June 1966, Gagarin started training under for the Soyuz programme. He became backup to Komarov, who made the first flight on the new ship. His own scheduled flight wasn’t far off… in the meantime, on 17 February 1968, Gagarin defended his thesis project at the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. The State Examinations Commission awarded him certification as a qualified pilot-cosmonaut engineer. Until his last days, Gagarin served as deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In his honour, the state renamed his hometown Gzhatsk “Gagarin”. His name will forever remain in the cosmos, which he reimagined for mankind… one of the largest (250-kilometre-diameter) crater on the far side of the moon is named for Gagarin. That is symbolic… it’s located between Tsiolkovsky Crater and the Sea of ​​Dreams. In 1968, the International Aeronautical Federation established a medal named after Gagarin, which it awards to individuals who make special contributions to air and space exploration. Gagarin’s name has long been synonymous for pioneers in any field of activity on a par with Columbus. Gagarin wrote in his diary shortly before his death on 12 March 1968, “I have no greater desire than the desire to fly. A pilot must fly. Always fly”. On 27 March 1968, he died in an air crash near Novoselovo Kirzhachsky (Vladimir Oblast) during a routine training flight. His ashes are in the Kremlin Wall on Red Square in Moscow.

9 March 2015



Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Biter Bit! India has the Last Laugh on the New York Times… US Free Market Rocket Blows Up on Launch Pad… but the Affluent Effluent Got their Gelt!

00 India space club 01. 19.12.14


00 India space club 02. 19.12.14


Read this. India had the last laugh… that’s the best kind. Oh, the rocket that blew up on the launching pad was a commercial “free market” rocket… they’re inferior to NASA rockets, dontcha know… but you can be sure that the Affluent Effluent glommed their cut (you can rest assured that legerdemain added at least 20 percent to the cost… after all, they have wetback nannies and gardeners to pay and their country club dues are in arrears…). One last thing… most American rockets nowadays depend on Russian-made motors… I just thought that you’d like to know that. That’s on top of American cosmonauts having to hitch rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz craft… the soulless GOP thieves spent all the space research money on torture, the Gitmo Gulag, warmongering in foreign parts, padded expense accounts for congressmen, TSA groping, NSA spying, bloated weapons contracts in Ted Cruz’s district, and excessive imprisonment in the USA. Fancy that…


Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. American Cosmonauts Have to Go into Space on Russian Spaceships

00 ISS crew. cosmosnauts. russian. usa. 22.09.14


Art and our study of it, and faith and religion, are eternal, and as long as mankind lives, it will have a keen yearning to probe deeper into the essence of it all.

The penetration of primitive Western religious notions into our lives is a phenomenon extremely dangerous to Russian culture. A country that has given much to world culture (remember Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and many others), is transformed into a place where American scum congregate. Therefore, in this regard, one can understand the French, who protect their culture and language, and the Chinese, who decided to prevent the “Westernisation” of their society. Unfortunately, today, our culture and morality have become something of secondary importance, and all this is more and more worrying… it appears that people have lost their consciences. There’s a new “truism” in our lives… knocking out the maximum profit by any means, but that leads to the death of moral evaluation, ethical behaviour, and principled motivation for actions, without which, a healthy society can’t exist.

B V Raushenbakh

Member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR


The Soyuz TMA-14M crew is cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyayev, Yelena Serova, and American Barry Wilmore, who stand by a model of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur Space Centre in Kazakhstan. Note well that American cosmonauts have to go into space on Russian craft, as the USA wasted its money on useless wars, giveaways to the Affluent Effluent, and a bloated prison and police system (the USA is the Prison House of All the Nations by per capita count, by the way). This puts a different face on the rants of Rich Lowry, George Will, Patrick Buchanan, and Rod Dreher, doesn’t it? Americans have to ride Russian spacecraft to the cosmos so that the USA can pretend that it’s the SOLE SUPERPOWER. Now, kids, THAT’S an unmitigated crock o’ shit…

Puts a new light on “sanctions”, doesn’t it?


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

21 April 2014. RIA-Novosti Infographics. RadioAstron Russian Space Observatory

00 RIA-Novosti Infographic. RadioAstron Russian Space Observatory. 21.04.14


The RadioAstron Space Observatory became the first new space astrophysical object created by Russian specialists in many years. RadioAstron studies the nuclei of galaxies, supermassive black holes, magnetic fields, and cosmic rays. This RIA-Novosti Infographic gives more details about this project.

12 February 2014




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