Human Space Flight: Google Launches Yuri Gagarin 50 Year Doodle

Here at OSM, one of the enjoyable items we like to report on is none other than Google Doodles. In recent weeks we have brought you one on the 200th anniversary of chemist Robert Bunsen and his invention the Bunsen Burner, the history of the Ice Cream Sundae, escape artist and magician Harry Houdini and what would have been his 137th birthday. Now its the turn of Russian pilot and cosmonaut “Yuri Gagarin” who carried out his first ever human space flight 50 years ago.

Whether you were or were not around to see the extraordinary flight that marked a prominent place in our history books, then lets refresh you. Gagarin took to space in his Vostok spacecraft and managed to orbit the Earth on April 12th 1961 after which he safely landed back on human soil. In turn the pilot won many medals and honors for his iconic work.

Unfortunately Gagarin died in 1968 when a Mig 15 training jet that he was a pilot in, crashed. Today as reported by pcworld, on appearance you will see the Doodle shows the Russian cosmonaut all kitted out in his space suit. But the interesting feature it has, is when you move your mouse over the animation next to Gagarin’s image, you will see a spacecraft firing up, taking off and entering space. To find out more on the man himself click here to head on over to wikipedia.

Tell us your thoughts on today’s Google Doodle? Is this one of your favorites or have you another? Do you remember Gagarin’s epic space journey?