View Full Version : Ep. 124: Space Capsules, Part 1 - Vostok, Mercury and Gemini

2009-Jan-26, 03:20 PM
The space capsule has been around for almost 50 years, when Yuri Gagarin headed to space in 1961. There have been many programs that used capsules by both the Americans and the Russians, and even the Chinese are using them now for their spaceflight program. Let's take a look at this rugged, dependable space vehicle that going to making a comeback in the next decade, when NASA sends humans back to the Moon.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~r/astronomycast/~4/eCfweCcbKb8

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2009-Jan-28, 02:09 PM
I have listened and enjoyed AstronomyCast very must and I have heard everyone but the new one (just noticed it is up). But on this one, I was rather upset with the jingoism that Dr. Gay displayed, with her relegating the achievements of the Soviet Union in the early days of man space flight to second class status.

THEY WERE FIRST and it was a full orbit. Okay, she mentions this. But the U.S. did not get into orbit until the third flight.

THE SECOND SOVIET MANNED DAY WAS A FULL DAY! Mercury did not achieve this until it's last flight.

And it was a Russian who went EVA for the first time

And who was first with a woman in space?

Who held the records for the longest time in space for YEARS?

But Dr. Gay's revisionist history with the emphasis on the American program, barely mentioning the USSR and covering the U.S. first, in depth smacks of the Cold War propaganda that we got back in the early 60's.

Sorry, Dr. Gay, you blew it. I hope that AstronomyCast will cover the USSR space program better in the future.