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Yuri's Night

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Celebrate the anniversary of manned space flight

The rest, as they say, is history.

Imagine what it must have been like to be the very first person to see the Earth from a non-Earth vantage point. You get to confirm that the world is, indeed, round. You can tell what's above the clouds. You see how blue the planet is with your own eyes. That honor belonged to cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's on April 12, 1961. He and the Vostok 1 spent a total of 108 minutes lifting off, making a single orbit of the Earth, and coming back down safely. Ground control wasn't sure until 25 minutes in whether the ship was in stable orbit, and much of the journey Gagarin was out of communication with the various ground stations. The Vostok was on autopilot, and, in fact, Gagarin's only way to control it was in a sealed envelope he would have to break open if he needed to override the automatic controls. Fortunately, for both Gagarin and the future of manned spaceflight, almost everything went off without a hitch.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Don't forget to celebrate mankind's venture into space at Yuri's Night events across the world (or maybe universe!) in mid-April every year!

A stencil of Yuri Gagarin flood-filled with a starfield (with a star shape for the lens flare in one eye) on a black, 100% cotton shirt. Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. Imported.

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