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First Orbit

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:23 pm
by dox
..50 years ago today!

Beautiful film on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKs6ikmrLgg
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard. For more information visit http://www.firstorbit.org/
..the crackly, gushing, warbled, excited reports from Yuri are enough to give goosebumps as the team that made this film coincides footage of the earth (taken from the ISS) with the historic audio to match what he would have been seeing as history was made..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vostok_1

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:11 pm
by Vengeance
Now we just gotta work on landing on the moon instead of landing in Hollywood! :D :D :D

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:11 am
by NoOutsTwice
Getting to the moon and back repeatedly with slide rule tech is something that will forever stand out to me as one of the greatest monuments to ingenuity, courage and curiosity in recorded human history.

I think it's indicative of the insignificance, mental laziness and apathy of the current generation(s) that we would even try to disbelieve this feat. Or is it just that we are such a pale reflection of the 'Greatest Generation' that we can't stand to live honestly in their shadow?

That generation was a whole crop of men and women culled and hardened by privation and war in a way we can't even really comprehend in our current state of moral and financial bankruptcy. It was a time when the whole country was united with a single voice and purpose.

When those men and women enjoyed the peace that resulted from the defeat of totalitarianism, they did so with a maturity and drive that is only born from real suffering and sacrifice. Can you picture Obama saying that within the decade we will go to mars and back? Can you picture our generation delivering on that seemingly impossible promise?

Think about that next time you go through and old box of photo's and spot some hornrimmed-wearing crew cut family member.

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:14 am
by Vengeance
Oh, don't take me seriously NoOuts. I don't actually believe it was created in Hollywood.

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:44 pm
by Smithy
Vengeance wrote:Oh, don't take me seriously NoOuts. I don't actually believe it was created in Hollywood.

Way to kick his dog bro.. :-({|= Cool movie dox.. was a bit log tho... i watched about 15 mins here at work and enjoyed it..

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:52 pm
by WolfPack
Despite my natural distaste for math, I enjoy physics. And I hope recent breakthroughs in LEO propulsion and Interstellar Propulsion will commence so that our generation can start colonizing and taking advantage of all the value in space. I am thinking about majoring in aeronautical/aerospace engineering with a double major in industrial business or manufacturing. I would very much like to design a space going craft that is low cost (relatively), and make them in numbers to encourage space exploration.

This is why i like EVE.

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:57 pm
by NoOutsTwice
Aerospace is one of the most math intensive areas there is Wolfie. :) I was a physics major first time around, and the aerospace guys were thrown into our core classes; most floundered. You'd better either re-examine your goals or your feeling about math cause you're in for one heck of a tough ride even at the undergraduate level.

Re: First Orbit

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:07 pm
by Force
If you don't get on with maths, dont try aerospace engineering or it will take you a very long time to comeplete, trust me. Math comes back into many aerospace courses and you will need to use it in the physics based courses.