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Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Legend of G S Titov: First Man to Take a Nap in Space

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G S Titov was a big-time Orthodox Christian… I thought that you’d like to know that… he also liked fast cars, fast women, and a bottle or two (he chugged a full bottle of pivo right after landing)… typical Russian, no?

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6 August 1961… 55 years ago…

Soviet cosmonaut G S Titov made the second space flight in history. On 6 August 1961, at 09.00 MSK, Titov blasted into orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok-2 and stayed there for 25 hours 11 minutes, circling the Earth 17 times. German Titov proved that people could live and work in space. He took the first pictures of Earth from space, ate the first lunch and dinner in weightlessness, and even managed to get some sleep. It was the second manned space flight, but it was the full first day spent in space. At the time of the flight, Titov was only a month short of being 26-years-old, making him the youngest of all cosmonauts who’ve flown in space. After the flight, Titov took part in various space programmes; he was still active as of 1992. Colleagues noted the extraordinary breadth of Titov’s professional interests, ranging from constructing schools and kindergartens for the children of astronauts to the creation of complex spacecraft. Titov was an academician at the K E Tsiolkovsky Academy of Astronautics and the International Academy of Informatisation. His books Семнадцать космических зорь (Seventeen Cosmic Dawns), Первый космонавт планеты (The First Cosmonaut of the Planet), Голубая моя планета (Blue is My Planet), and На звездных и земных орбитах (On Stellar and Terrestrial Orbits) became handbooks for many generations of cosmonauts.

6 August 2016

Calend.ru

http://www.calend.ru/event/2780/ 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

6 March 2016. Today is the 79th Birthday of V V Tereshkova

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Today is the 79th birthday of V V Tereshkova… the first woman in space. Her flight was two years after that of the first man in space, Yu A Gagarin. Valentina Vladimirovna came from a proletarian family… her father was a tractor-driver and her mother worked in a textile mill. Her father was a war-hero who died in the Winter War against the White Finns. She worked in a factory herself and became a cosmonaut because of her skill as a parachutist. The next woman in space was S Ye Savitskaya in 1982. Interestingly, both female cosmonauts remained faithful to Communism.

На многая лета, Валентина Владимировна!

BMD

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Polish Cosmonaut Hermaszewski: Impossible to Recognise UPA and OUN Killers as “Heroes”

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Monument to the Poles murdered by UPA terrorists in the VOV… oh, the Galician Uniate nationalists deny that it happened… do tell that to the Poles from the Kresy…

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The Verkhovnaya Rada’s recognition of OUN-UPA militants as “fighters for Ukrainian independence” deeply shocked Mirosław Hermaszewski, the first Polish cosmonaut. The UPA brutally murdered 18 of his family members during the Volyn massacre. On 9 April, the Verkhovnaya Rada adopted a law, “On the Legal Status and Honouring the Memory of Fighters for Ukrainian Independence in the 20th Century”, authored by Yuri-Bogdan Shukhevich {a relative of one of the most murderous terrorists: editor}. The law included the OUN and UPA in the list of organisations fighting for Ukrainian independence.

Polish President Bronisław Maria Komorowski said that official recognition of the OUN and UPA as “fighters for independence” might adversely affect Polish-Ukrainian relations, saying, “The misfortune of this law is that it makes it impossible for a Polish-Ukrainian historical dialogue, without which there’s no reconciliation and no way of addressing important issues. The case isn’t closed, if we’re talking about relations between Poland and the Ukraine, but we should seek a positive outcome”. In turn, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Juliusz Schetyna didn’t consider the Rada’s recognition of the OUN and UPA activities a threat to Warsaw.

To find out how Poles thought about the Rada’s glorification of the OUN and UPA, our correspondent interviewed the first Polish cosmonaut, General Mirosław Hermaszewski . During the VOV, his father, Roman Germashevsky, was one of the leaders of the Polish self-defence group in Lipniki (Kostopil County in Wołyń Voivodeship, now Bereznovsky Raion of Rovno Oblast). In March 1943, UPA thugs and assorted gangsters from neighbouring Ukrainian villages burnt down the village, killing part of the Polish population, including some of the family of the future cosmonaut… the UPA stabbed his grandfather seven times with a bayonet in the chest. In August 1943, a neighbour of the family, a Ukrainian nationalist, killed his father.

Inessa Drugova

How does Poland react to the Ukrainian law recognising OUN and UPA militants as “fighters for independence”?

Mirosław Hermaszewski

I usually never talk to reporters on the phone, but I’ll answer this question… I’m shocked that such a thing could happen. How can those who killed, and all are they aware that they’re terrorists, how can you make them heroes? I have many friends, Ukrainians, who’re now ashamed that it happened.

Drugova

Pan Mirosław, your family suffered from the actions of Ukrainian nationalists. For you, it’s also a personal tragedy…

Hermaszewski

My whole family lived in the east. They killed my father, killed my grandfather… they killed 18 of my family in terrible ways. These “heroes” killed my family with axes and knives. Here are heroes for you! How can anyone accept them as heroes?

Drugova

Shall these laws may affect the relations between our peoples?

Hermaszewski

I have many Ukrainian friends; I love the Ukrainian culture and people. The fact is that we had scary things happen in the past… it’s terrible. This simply shows you how some people deal with the past… “We didn’t do it”. Why did they do that… I don’t know. Why the Ukraine did it, I find difficult to understand. We helped the Ukraine; our country was the first to recognise its independence. Poles supported the Ukrainians, as you acknowledge, in response, they named killers “heroes”.

29 April 2015

Inessa Drugova

RIA Novosti

http://rian.com.ua/analytics/20150429/366853393.html

Editor:

Reflect on this… Ukrainian nationalists lie up and down, claiming that the Volyn massacres never occurred… I’m NOT kidding you! You can believe the Ukrainian nationalists or you can believe those whose family members died at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists. If you support the Ukrainian nationalist liars, you’re on the hell-bound train, and there’s no more to say on this topic…

BMD

Friday, 3 April 2015

If the Russian Cosmonauts Pee on the Tyre, Do the Americans Do So as Well? Perspirin’ Minds Wanna Know…

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Cosmonauts follow some “bizarre” rituals like being slapped in the face with a cross before going to space. American and Russian cosmonauts, and even rockets, all go through an official blessing dished out by a Russian Orthodox priest. Photos from NASA’s official photographer showed that the same cleric has carried out the ritual with gusto for a few years now. As well as getting a visit from a priest, cosmonauts and astronauts contribute to an avenue of trees planted before each mission, and watch the same pre-flight movie before takeoff (a cult Russian “Western” from 1969). The Russian cosmonauts also reportedly urinate on the back right-hand tyre of the bus that takes them to the launch pad, a tradition started by Gagarin himself before his first flight.

2 April 2015

ANI

https://in.news.yahoo.com/bizarre-rituals-astronauts-going-space-102555691.html

Editor:

Note that American cosmonauts have to go into space on Russian rockets. It’s all due to Republican cuts to NASA to free funds for warmongering and tax breaks for the Affluent Effluent. There IS a cost for all the wars and the cossetting of the top Five Percent. Reflect on that as you avoid the ever-increasing potholes (there’s no money to fix those, either)…

BMD

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