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first orbit
a free film
to download & share
created to celebrate the first
50 years of human spaceflight



In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Expedition 26/27 crew on the International Space Station, The Attic Room in association with YuriGagarin50 and Yuri's Night has created First Orbit, a new film of what Gagarin first witnessed 50 years ago.

By matching the orbital path of the station, as closely as possible, to that of Gagarin's Vostok spaceship and filming the same vistas of the Earth through the new giant cupola window, astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and documentary film maker Christopher Riley, have captured a new digital high definition view of the Earth below, half a century after Yuri Gagarin first witnessed it.

Weaving these new views together with historic recordings of Gagarin from the time and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, Riley created a spellbinding film to share with people around the world on this historic anniversary.

Learn more about "First Orbit" at the film's official website.

Watch the film

YouTube premiered "First Orbit" on April 12 during a global streaming event that began on midnight on the International Date Line. The Yuri's Night also screened the film at more than 120 parties around the world that day.


"First Orbit" Credit: The Attic Room

Download the film

collectSPACE is proud to partner with The Attic Room and filmmaker Christopher Riley to present "First Orbit" as a free download:

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