First Orbit: 50 Years On

This week marks 50 years since Yuri Gagarin started man’s ventures into space.  To mark the occasion documentary makes Christopher Riley teamed up with the European Space Agency and the crew of the International Space Station to recreate Gagarin’s first voyage.

Original audio and video has been mixed with modern footage filmed by Paolo Nespoli on the ISS – which was following as closely as possible the path of Gagarin’s Vostok 1 craft – to recreate what Gagarin would have seen 50 years ago.  It’s particularly nice to hear Gagarin’s obvious excitement from orbit!

The First Orbit site is here:

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