Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First to space


Today is the 50th anniversary of the flight of the first man to space, Yuri Gagarin, sent there by the Soviet Union. He boldly flew... etc., etc.

To commemorate this, a few jokes:

Russians sent the first man to space. They also sent the first satellite to space, the first dog and the first hot-dog (when the first dog was on the way down).

Russians send the first man to space. A Ukrainian shepherd calls out to another Ukrainian shepherd:
— Mikola!
— What?
— Russians flew to space!
— All of them?
— No, just one.
— So, why are you bothering me?

Americans spent millions of dollars and decades of research on developing a pen that would work in zero gravity. Russians use pencils.

All jokes aside, when Gagarin came back, he said: "The Earth is very beautiful. Treasure it."

1 comment:

Atlanta Roofing said...

It is not yet obvious that there are things we can do in space better by sending people up there than by sending up only our machines. So far, the only thing that human spaceflight is uniquely capable of doing is demonstrating the possibilities of human spaceflight. But there is sufficient interest, and thus sufficient political and economic support, that we will continue to send up modest numbers of space travellers in Yuri Gagarin's footsteps. Over time we may find new reasons to send up people in more than modest numbers.