Monday, February 20, 2012

History Lesson: First Man in Space, etc.

First orbiting satellite: Sputnik

First Man in Space: Yuri Gagarin

First Man to Orbit the Earth: Yuri Gagarin

When the Cold War was in full swing, it was fashionable to forget this. And just remember things like John Glenn was the first AMERICAN to orbit the earth. But now that the Soviet Union is no more, and the Cold War is something from the history books, it seems disingenuous to call John Glenn's orbiting the earth an "historic journey," or whatever.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.
But then I suppose NASA is hoping to recoup some of its budget or something.

1 comment:

Zendo Deb said...

The Berlin Wall came down in November of 1989, and the reunification of Germany was in October of 1990.

And if that doesn't make you feel old enough, the Polish Labor Union Solidarity emerged in 1980, and the crackdown at the Gdansk shipyards was in 1981.

The Cold War was a long time ago.