From the first man in space…

Earth as seen by Yuri GagarinOne of the first photos of Earth from the first man in space. Taken by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his orbital flight in April, 1961.

Breath-taking! Imagine being Yuri sitting in his tiny capsule, surrounded by 60s’ technology and life support systems, shooting through the vacuum as the first man in space and looking down at the blue marble below against a black void all around. The first hopeful step of mankind into space. But at the same time leaving no doubt we won’t get significantly farther any time soon…

Except, perhaps, in our imagination…

Image Credit: NASA

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