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Happy Cosmonautics Day!

Postby volland » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:38 am UTC

12th April, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the 1st man in space. On the same date on 1981, Columbia, the 1st space shuttle was launched. Glorious day!

You can celebrate by finding the closest Yuri's Night "World Space Party" to you - http://www.yurisnight.net/2007/

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Postby Birdman » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:10 pm UTC

:D "Chtob vse byli zdorovy"!


En: "Let everybody be healthy". The tubes inform me that no-one says "Na zdorovje", despite the common wisdom to the contrary. Rocket science FTW!

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Postby bbctol » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:02 pm UTC

Yay cosmonauts! They get so downplayed in the US. We had a brief discussion in my science class, and everyone thought that Alan Shepard was the first person in space. Worse, even my science TEACHER celebrated Sally Ride as the first woman in space.

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Postby volland » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:05 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:Yay cosmonauts! They get so downplayed in the US. We had a brief discussion in my science class, and everyone thought that Alan Shepard was the first person in space. Worse, even my science TEACHER celebrated Sally Ride as the first woman in space.


Wow, that's painfully ignorant. How can someone not know who was the 1st person in space?

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Postby bbctol » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:30 pm UTC

Well, they also think heat rises because of antigravity... (their EXACT words)
My science class is funny and sad at the same time.

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Postby cmacis » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:31 pm UTC

Same reason that people think that Columbus discovered America.
Same reason that people think that before Columbus people thought the world was flat.
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Postby volland » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:36 pm UTC

cmacis wrote:Same reason that people think that Columbus discovered America.
Same reason that people think that before Columbus people thought the world was flat.


Illiteracy? ...

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Postby bbctol » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:42 pm UTC

Nah, just general stupidity. Whenever I tell people that the people opposing Colombus were clearly right, they just look at me funny.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:48 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:Nah, just general stupidity. Whenever I tell people that the people opposing Colombus were clearly right, they just look at me funny.


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Postby bbctol » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:54 pm UTC

Columbus was treated as a madman for saying that there was a route around the globe to the Spice Indies, and if you think about it, the people opposing him were perfectly right. They had no knowledge of America, so they logically assumed that the rest of the world besides Eurasiafrica was a giant ocean. They knew the circumference of the globe, and knew the length of Eurasia from the trips of Marco Polo and others, and so realized that the ocean Columbus was trying to sail was gigantic, and would take him months and months, soon exhausting his supplies. It was shear luck that led him to the Americas.

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Postby Castaway » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:06 pm UTC

YAY FOR RUSSIANS! AND SPACE!
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Postby spacermase » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:59 pm UTC

Wish I could make the DC party, but alas, I have two test tomorrow.

Maybe next year.
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Postby Fluff » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:18 am UTC

I forgot about the party until today, which is a bit too late for me to get out of work early and book a shuttle up to the observatory. Oh well, perhaps next year then!

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Re: Happy Cosmonautics Day!

Postby d3adf001 » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:21 am UTC

volland wrote:12th April, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the 1st man in space. On the same date on 1981, Columbia, the 1st space shuttle was launched. Glorious day!

You can celebrate by finding the closest Yuri's Night "World Space Party" to you - http://www.yurisnight.net/2007/


im pretty sure that alan shepard was the first man in space. everyone knows that commies arent human ;) but today ive told at least 5 people why the google logo is what it is

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Postby Castaway » Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:19 am UTC

oh, wow. I use the personalized home, so i didnt even notice. I love when google recognizes ridiculous holidays.
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