Saturday, April 16, 2011

First Orbit - "Let's Go!"

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight a new film, First Orbit has been released and is being distributed for free viewing.

The film is a real-time recreation which features audio recordings of the radio communications between Vostok 1 - (Call Sign: Cedar) and several ground stations.  News reports of the flight are also included.  In order to recreate the flight, the stunning orbital footage was shot from the International Space Station.   I was also reminded that in order to return safely to earth, Gagarin ejected and parachuted from the Vostok 1 capsule 7km (that's 4.3 miles) above the earth surface.

You may watch First Orbit here or download it for later viewing.  I downloaded an MP4 using Keep Tube.  That made it easy to watch the film on my Xbox on a larger screen.  That's something this film definitely benefits from. 

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