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KaiYeves
2009-Apr-12, 08:28 PM
Okay, so today happens to be April 12, the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight in 1961 and the first space shuttle flight 20 years later. There are a lot of ways people celebrate this day, but I've never been the partying type, so I wrote a poem instead:

ďItís dangerous,Ē they say.
Though you already know.
Itís not hard to die out there.
But someone still must go.

It was a long trip to the Cosmodome.
How does it feel, now that youíre here?
What do you think of, Yuri?
In your bed at Baikonur?

Do you think of your family?
Of how you suffered in the war?
Do you remember those planes,
So many years before?

You feel the doctorís shake.
What did you dream about, that last night?
Do you remember, as you awake?
So much else is on your mind.

The Chief Designer is there to greet you.
Your safety lies with him.
Now he reassures you.
But does it stifle every whim?

When you climbed into that capsule
Nobody saw any sign.
If there was fear, you did not show it.
Trusting in the grand design.

The thunder and the g-force
And then you floated free
And then, they heard you saying
ďItís wondrous, follow me.Ē

"It's wondrous, follow me."

mike alexander
2009-Apr-13, 12:02 AM
Well done, Kai.

The headline on my crumbling newspaper says FIRST MAN IN SPACE.

mahesh
2009-Apr-13, 12:12 AM
Thank you Kai, for sharing your excellent poem.

Really sweet tribute to a very brave human being!

Благодарю вас, очень много, Кай!

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-13, 01:44 PM
Aw, you guys are the best.

Fazor
2009-Apr-13, 02:48 PM
There are a lot of ways people celebrate this day . . .
There is? I've never heard of any Yuri'day festivities. :)

Great poem though.

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-13, 09:04 PM
That smile mean's you're joking, right?

mahesh
2009-Apr-14, 11:07 AM
Okay, so today happens to be April 12, the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight in 1961 and the first space shuttle flight 20 years later.

......

The thunder and the g-force
And then you floated free
And then, they heard you saying
“It’s wondrous, follow me.”

"It's wondrous, follow me."

...And follow they did, in the footsteps;
fearlessly, those brave men and women....

Kai... marking the first Space Shuttle (Columbia's) flight, STS-1,
may I take the liberty and link her lift-off. (about four minutes each)

It was a riveting occasion.

partial quote, wiki:
Space Shuttle Columbia (NASA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA) Orbiter Vehicle Designation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbiter_Vehicle_Designation): OV-102) was the first spaceworthy space shuttle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_shuttle) in NASA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA)'s orbital fleet. Its first mission, STS-1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-1), lasted from April 12 to April 14, 1981.......[/quote]

http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?hl=en&q=first+shuttle+flight&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=mmLkSba2HYHG-AbdpsiOCQ&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=11&ct=title#

and safely returning here.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuzuWmno-X8

It was so very exciting.
Childlike, I was shooting pictures, off the television set! I can't believe I did that!
Bless. All those brave astronauts, men and women, who sailed with her

edit:
my apologies, for using two similar / same links. i thought they were different. until now. I had book-marked them different days. forgot.

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-14, 09:25 PM
Awesome video, 80's music and all, Mahesh. Totally captured the era. Maybe I'll have to write a poem for Crippen and Young, too...

KaiYeves
2010-Apr-13, 12:56 AM
Bump. Happy Yuri's Night!