Today we celebrate five decades of secrets, lies, and half-truths from space agencies
By Jim ObergPosted 04.12.2011 at 10:15 am 2 Comments
On April 12, 1961, the United States awoke to the news of the successful space flight of Russian “cosmonaut” (a recently coined Russian word) Yuri Gagarin. Television broadcasts showed exuberant crowds filling the streets in Moscow before cutting to grim-faced NASA officials. Even if America was a step behind our sworn enemy, a human being had returned from space. It was thrilling.