Thursday, April 12, 2012

I AM A FRIEND, COMRADES, A FRIEND!

On April 12 we, Eastern European kids, get excited about Yuri Gagarin's first trip into space. In this picture, Gagarin is sippin' a cocktail accompanied by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.


Gagarin's first words upon returning to Earth were: "I am a friend, comrades, a friend!" He said that to a woman and a girl near where his capsule landed. The woman asked: "Can it be that you have come from outer space?" to which Gagarin replied: "As a matter of fact, I have!"

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4 comments:

  1. Ohhhh, great post! Made me nostalgic about my childhood. Is there an Eastern European child who hasn't dreamed of becoming an astronaut?

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    1. I was thinking about this, too. And, of course, as a woman I am really curious how much Valentina Tereshkova influenced what we imagined for ourselves as kids. Did the image of that very strong, capable, BRAVE woman set certain expectations for us: that we can and that we should dream big?!

      I am looking for books on this subject: biographies but also non-fiction or academic work... Let me know if you know of anything that fits that description!

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  2. The only thing I know is something you've probably known already - Gagarin's farewell letter to his family http://sferanews.org/2011/04/08/yuriy_gagarin/ (scroll down to see it). Let me know if you find something else. :)

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  3. Thanks for posting this beautifull photograph. We will share it on our roadtogagarin facebook page.

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