First Orbit: Celebrating 50 Years in Space

Lights in the Dark

On April 12, 1961 – a mere five decades ago – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched aboard his Vostok-1 spacecraft, becoming the first human in space. Alone, he was the first person ever to look down upon our planet from orbit. He was only 28 years old.

Today the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the point in time when mankind broke free of Earth’s atmosphere and officially became a spacefaring species. Many have followed the path into space, but Yuri was the first. His actions transcended whatever political climate may have existed at the time or come afterward…in effect Yuri was, during his his brief time in space, all of us.

To commemorate this, film production company The Attic Room teamed up with the European Space Agency, NASA and YouTube to produce and distribute a movie filmed from orbit aboard the International Space Station. The…

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