"Columbus of the Cosmos"

by Maureen McCabe on April 12, 2007

Model of Vostok spacecraft

Carole Cohen of Cleveland asks “Do you remember Yuri Gagarin?”

Nope, I don’t. I think when I was in school Gagarin’s accomplishment was not mentioned except in hushed tones. I do remember American rockets (is that what astronaut John Glenn went to space in?) A rocket or a spacecraft?

The Google special anniversary April 12, 2007 logo may join the holiday logos on Google someday.

Did you see the Google image today in honor of Yuri Gagarin today? Carole wrote that Wikipedia calls him the “Columbus of the Cosmos” for exploring space in 1961. The first man in space.

My eyes were still sleepy when I saw the Google on my screen. I thought it was something to do with baseball. Is the second o in Google a “sputnik” or Soviet spacecraft or is that the moon? It looked like a baseball to me..this morning. I was trying to figure out the world and baseball and the funny little fellas at the end were all about. Then I clicked on the Google image to see what the story was and went to the Wikipedia entry about Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Nope I don’t remember that.

Did the US send a man into space just a few weeks later? The photo above says it was the

“May 5, 1961 launch of Redstone rocket and NASA’s Mercury spacecraft #7 Freedom 7 with Alan Shepard Jr. on the United States’ first manned sub-orbital spaceflight. (Atlas rockets were used to launch Mercury’s orbital missions.)”

Less than a month later the US space program sent a man into space? I don’t remember that either but I do remember later … Ohioan John Glenn was the hero to school children and a few years later Ohioan Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon?

Thanks Carole. Thanks Google.

Mercury Spaceship

The image of the Mercury Spacecraft above is from Wikipedia and is in the public domain (not copyrighted) according to Wikipedia. The image of the Soviet spacecraft model at the top is also from Wikipedia. The photo is not copyrighted according to Wikipedia… the little ball shaped thing on the top is what I thought the second O in Google was after I thought it wasn’t a baseball after all. Was that what fell back to the earth at the end of the space journey?

Thanks Wikipedia.

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1 Kaye Thomas April 21, 2007 at 06:33 pm

I was in high school and the uproar over the Russians beating the US into space was huge… after that every kid in the country had to take science and math courses no matter what their vocation..

2 Carole Cohen May 2, 2007 at 10:43 pm

Hi Maureen, I had to smile because when I first saw that logo it looked like a baseball to me too!

3 MaureenMcCabe May 3, 2007 at 02:35 am

How did I miss Kaye’s comment? Thanks Kaye! Carole thanks that makes me feel better.

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