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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-07-2006 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TIME magazine's Europe, Middle East and Africa "Atlantic" edition is honoring 60 Years of Heroes in celebration of their 60 years in print. First space traveler Yuri Gagarin made TIME's 60-person list under the category of "Inspirations and Explorers".

Dennis Tito, the world's first self-funded space tourist, who launched in 2001 from the same pad as Gagarin used in 1961, contributed the magazine's essay honoring the cosmonaut:

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I am among that generation of men and women who were inspired by Gagarin and found ourselves dreaming of following him into the unknown. We viewed his heroic deed not just as a win for Russia in the space race, but as something we suspected would shape our future in ways we couldn't even imagine or comprehend. He made us wonder what lay beyond our solar system. He made a nation coalesce in an effort to send a man to walk on the moon. The success of his flight secured the future of space exploration and the development of inventions and technologies that now enhance the daily lives of citizens worldwide.
Tito's essay appears on the magazine's website and in the November 13 issue of TIME Europe.

sts205cdr
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posted 11-08-2006 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With all due respect to Gagarin's accomplishment as human ballast, the man who "made a nation coalesce in an effort to send a man to walk on the moon" was John F. Kennedy, who was inspired to do so after Al Shepard's flight.

Yuri Gagarin wasn't qualified to shine Al Shepard's boots. In my opinion, he's the most over-rated "explorer" in history.

Just my 2 cents.

--John

ejectr
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posted 11-08-2006 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone who straps on a rocket into space for the sake of innovation, exploration or a pure joy ride is OK in my book.

Putting your life on the line doesn't come with qualifications IMHO.

[Edited by ejectr (November 08, 2006).]

Dwayne Day
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posted 11-08-2006 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Slava Gerovitch has done some interesting research about the cosmonauts versus the astronauts. The cosmonauts had much less control over their vehicles and almost no input into their design. They were generally fighter pilots in their twenties, whereas the astronauts were test pilots in their thirties. It was a whole different level of involvement.

Dave Clow
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posted 11-08-2006 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the true pleasures of being a space collector at this time is being able to greet people like Leonov and Tereshkova and Popovich, whom we might once have regarded as enemies, and to thank them for what they did. Gagarin didn't know if he'd make it back alive, and like it or not, he was the first. It takes nothing away from our American heroes to give the Soviets their due.

dom
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posted 11-12-2006 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To STS205

What a sad view you have expressed of Yuri Gagarin - THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE - someone who will be remembered for centuries...

Read the book 'Starman' and you will discover what a real hero he was - and not just for that first flight.

[Edited by collectSPACE Admin (November 12, 2006).]

sts205cdr
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posted 11-12-2006 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really shouldn’t have said anything. After all, this was for a European edition of Time’s Hero list, and Gagarin and many other cosmonauts belong on it. I just took issue with the way Tito...well anyway, I shouldn’t have dragged Al Shepard into it, by comparison or otherwise. Gagarin was truly a brave man and I sincerely apologize to all for being disrespectful to his legacy, and to Robert for taking this thread off topic.

I appreciate the comments and suggestions and will take them to heart.

--John

dom
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posted 11-13-2006 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK STS, maybe I over-reacted to your earlier post but you really should be careful what you write - this site really is read all over this small globe of ours!

Yes, we all know the early astronauts were much better pilots but that didn't make them any more special or braver than the Russian guys who strapped themselves onto a rocket and hoped for the best.

Your apology seems sincere - so fair play to you for not turning this thread into a nasty 'war of words'.

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