New Shepherd – ns 15

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  1. Tess says:

    Today is International Cosmonautics Day and also it is clebrated the 60th Anniversayr of Yuri Gagarin´s first manned flight into space.

    Due the state of international relations, I found important what Russian diplomats have to say today:

    Mr. Lavrov speech, on occasion of the anniversary and Cosmonautics Day

    Letter from Russian Ambassador to the US published at Washington Post:

    As I did not live those apparently more sane and promising times, even amongst greater ideological rivalries than today, by viewing videos on Yuri Gagarin tour around the wordl after arriving safe from his flight, I marvel at the way he was received everywhere. I do not know whether he travelled to the US, can not find a video on that.
    Those seemed to me better times when people, still not submitted to continuous propaganda and brainwashing by the media and fanatics in power, still were able to value and accept people for what they were and what they did, independently of their origins, and recognize the effort behind hard and courageous work.

    It seems to me that it is of unsteady people not being able to recognize others´achievements. Only people who takes its effort to make its best is able to recognize the same in others, imo….
    People who enjoys high positions undeservedly are those who try to diminish other´s achievements, lest their mediocrity gets to surface by comparison….

    Happy Cosmonautics Day to all the people of space!

    • Shako says:

      Yuri Gagarin remains a national hero throughout the former Soviet Union. Having traveled over the years for business purposes in most of the republics of the former Soviet Union, it seems every city has a Gagarin – theater, park, monument, or street. You would be hard pressed to find any citizen who would not know his name or significance of his accomplishment.

      • Tess says:

        “it seems every city has a Gagarin – theater, park, monument, or street.”

        But, accoding to Mr. Lavor and Mr. Antonov in the speeches and aritcle linked, there are of those monuments in the US too and at his time, very short for what I learnt, helped by the fact that the press was still worth be awarded the journalism profession, he was known at every city and home in the world who had a TV or a radio, or was able to buy the press…

        How things have changed with those at the helms now and their new “Ministry of Truth”…

        You may enjoy, yesterday around 500 drones composed the Vostok, the Soyuz, the first Soviet satellite Sputnik, and the ISS in the night sky of Novgorod…

        It is of utmost importance that any opportunity is taken advantage to stablish a nexus between the peoples…I do not know whether on ocassion of the celebrations yesterday, but today President Biden called President Putin to appoint a personal meeting in a third neutral country to treat strategic issues…

        Nobody needs war, unless those who want to fragment societies…

    • Tess says:

      Mr. Antonov published his article in the Wsahington Times, sorry…

  2. The Twisted Genius says:

    I watched the New Shepard launch and landing today. It’s nice to know that our first astronaut, Alan Shepard, is honored with this Blue Origin rocket. Their cargo rocket honors John Glenn in a similar fashion. I never paid too much attention to these rockets and was surprised to learn that the New Shepard is designed to be primarily an amusement park ride to carry paying customers on a ten minute rocket ride to space and back. It also carries research payloads on suborbital flights for universities, commercial companies and NASA, but it’s still basically an amusement park ride. I’m surprised there’s enough market for this and SpaceShip Two.

    Tess, the early space age was not a time of sanity and promise. It was a time of intense distrust and fear. As school kids, we watched the skies for Russian bombers and, after Sputnik, we watched for Russian rockets and nuclear missiles. The early space race was intensely competitive until we won the race to the Moon. It didn’t back away from that fear driven competitiveness until the mid 70s with the Apollo-Soyuz mission, followed by the Apollo-Mir missions. I think it was the highpoint of Washington-Moscow relations after WW II. Space exploration should continue to be a building block between us and our competitors. I think we made a big mistake keeping China out of the ISS for as long as we had. I’m also sad to think that US-Russian space collaboration may disappear when the ISS program eventually ends.

    • Tess says:

      “It was a time of intense distrust and fear. As school kids, we watched the skies for Russian bombers and, after Sputnik, we watched for Russian rockets and nuclear missiles.”

      But, why was that so, if Gagarin made this speech just a year after his first manned flight?

      That must be because full indoctrination to demonize people with other ideas and systems had already started.

      With a time of sanity and promise I was meaning what trasluces from the view of people´s freedom to wave and acknowledge a foreign hero, even one from an ideological opponent, which has not always to mean an enemy. Also from the capacity of a US president forcongratulating the Soviets on their achievement, something impossible today.
      If you take a look, yesterday the State Department ignored the name of Yuri Gagarin in its statements on Cosmonautics Day and the First Manned Flight into Space…

      Today, we not only face the incapability of some leaders on recognizing their opponents efforts and take advanatage of them for peace in a win- win appriach, but even leaders who would wish to recognize these effrots are afraid of doing it facing the unavoidable sanctions.

      Last time was US administration menacing with sanctioning Germany if it dares to buy Russian Sputnik V vaccine….
      It is obvious that with this destructive and coercitive approach neither you nor we in Europe go anywhere.
      It seems to me the same case of an abusive husband, the thing will end with the beated wife dead or gone…Gone, one way or the other, sooner or later, if she still conserves some dignity and sanity…

  3. Martin Oline says:

    From NASA’s website on Sunday the 18th:
    NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at approximately 3:30 a.m. EDT. Data from the first flight will return to Earth a few hours following the autonomous flight. A live stream will begin at 6:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 a.m. PDT), as the helicopter team prepares to receive the data down link in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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