‘First Orbit’ Celebrates Today’s 50th Anniversary Of Man In Space

Move over PBS: YouTube/Google funded this very cool and very free movie about the beginning of spaceflight, with today being exactly 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

You can download the movie or watch it on YouTube.

From the official First Orbit site:

April 12th 1961 – Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of
humanity – the Earth from space. In the next 108 minutes he’ll see more than most people do in a lifetime. What sights awaited the first cosmonaut silently gliding over the world below? What was it like to view the oceans and continents sailing by from such a height?

In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/27 crew of the International Space Station, we have created a new film of what Gagarin first witnessed fifty years ago.

By matching the orbital path of the Space Station, as closely as possible, to that of Gagarin’s Vostok 1 spaceship and filming the same vistas of the Earth through the new giant cupola window, astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and documentary film maker Christopher Riley, have captured a new digital high definition view of the Earth below, half a century after Gagarin first witnessed it.

Weaving these new views together with historic, recordings of Gagarin from the time, (subtitled in Englsih) and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people around the world on this historic anniversary…

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  • Patrick Robinson

    It’s funny how they don’t mention the 5 or so cosmonauts(including a woman) who went up before this man, but thanks to hardware failures, or negligence, died in space and were covered up by the Soviet Union.

  • Patrick Robinson

    It’s funny how they don’t mention the 5 or so cosmonauts(including a woman) who went up before this man, but thanks to hardware failures, or negligence, died in space and were covered up by the Soviet Union.

  • Grmann1001

    This was the most boring s#!t I’ve ever watched.

  • Grmann1001

    This was the most boring s#!t I’ve ever watched.