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2011-04-11 14:25:00

"The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions.  Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps.  You feel as if you are suspending." Those words were written by Yuri Gagarin as he reminisced from the perspective of being in space in a post-flight report after his historical voyage. On April 12 in 1961, Russian pilot Gagarin became the first human to leave this blue planet and embark on a journey to make his name...

2011-04-07 08:00:00

AMSTERDAM, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Rob Van Scheers & Gustavo Garcia On April 12 1961, 50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Dutch publishing house Lebowski Publishers presents the beautiful graphic novel Gagarin - The greatest adventure of mankind on April 12 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event. Cultural journalist Rob van Scheers of the Dutch magazine Elsevier wrote the script for Gagarin, based...

2011-04-06 10:25:00

Anatoly Perminov, the head of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, has announced he will be stepping down as he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 allowed for state officials. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted as saying, "Anatoly Nikolayevich Perminov is 65. According to Russian law, no state official can work once he is over this age," AFP is reporting. "Whether it is April 15, April 20 or April 30, I don't see any big difference," said Ivanov, adding that in any...

2009-03-25 13:05:00

The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is planning to celebrate humanity's achievements in space as well the U.S. center's own 50th anniversary. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials say they will host a world space party on April 4 called Yuri's Night DC at the Goddard Visitor Center. Attendees will celebrate in a club atmosphere with a future-tech twist, officials said, adding Galactic attire is encouraged. Event goers must be at least 21 years old and a...

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