Posts tagged: Yuri Gagarin

Alan Shepard, Suborbital Stud

To be sung to the tune of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”:

“It was 50 years ago today
Alan Shepard was our first in space
It was just 116 miles
But was guaranteed to raise a smile.

So let me introduce to you
The astronaut you’ve known for years:

Yuri Gagarin the Queen Toucher

A new biography of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin says the first man in space violated British royal protocol during his visit to England in 1961.
The Guardian has the story that biographer Lev Danilkin claims Yuri Gagarin touched Queen Elizabeth’s knee during breakfast at Buckingham Palace.
Well, honestly, who hasn’t done that? I think it was part of the tour up until about 2003.

Poyekhali Plus 50: A Doodle for Yuri Gagarin

Call him Yuri Googarin.  Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin has been rightly saluted with a Google doodle on the 50th anniversary of the day he became the first human in space.  (Google founder Sergey Br

Poyekhali, Yuri Gagarin!

Russian space pioneer and superstud Yuri Gagarin died 40 years ago today.