Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first human to venture into space – Yuri Gagarin of Russia. He told his wife in a letter that if he didn’t come back alive, she should feel free to marry.
It is also 30 years since the first test flight of the space shuttle Columbia. It was very exciting and it was hard to believe the courage it took for someone to do something that daring, 30 years ago.
“On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth. His flight lasted 108 minutes…Since then, NASA’s five space shuttles have flown more than 130 times, carrying more than 350 people into orbit and traveling more than 800 million kilometers.”
Unfortunately, the President has ended our space program. John F. Kennedy’s vision is put to rest. Let’s hope it’s temporary.