On this day in 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. That is a pretty cool achievement but he also must have been a little crazy to want be the first guy to do that.
The International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s successful voyage and the beginning of space exploration. It also celebrates the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.
Space flight is on the verge of becoming more accessible which is pretty exciting, you only have be a millionaire rather than a highly trained astronaut to be able to go into space with Virgin. Going into space still seems a little freaky to me though I can’t imagine how scary it must have been for early astronauts such as Yuri Gagarin and their families. I recently read The Astronaut Wives Club while it’s not my new favourite book it is an interesting way to gain an insight into the space era in the US. I like that the author chose to approach space exploration from a different angle by focusing on the astronaut’s wives on earth rather than their more famous counterparts. If you are interested in early space travel I recommend it. It has also been made into a TV show this year.
The way that the wives support each other and their husbands in a really unusual situation also demonstrates one of the important lessons of today which is that “the International Day of Human Space Flight will remind us of our common humanity and our need to work together to conquer shared challenges” Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon