Nope, it is 4/12 down here
Today, in a NASA meeting room, one of the posters on the wall said, "Integrity - It means telling the truth, every time, without fear of the consequences."There will be consequences, rest assured. Those pushing the DIRECT approach might as well hang it up because NASA management is not going to ever admit the truth.
There was a great Yuri's night at NASA Ames last year, and I was hoping to see something similar this year. Instead, the closest "party" is a 6-10pm opening of the commons area of the California Academy of Sciences building at Golden Gate Park tonight. A Thursday night. Bleh.Yuri's night seems to have expanded beyond the date of April 12, probably because this year it's on a Sunday. I was hoping this would take off after seeing the Ames event, but alas, maybe it was a flash in the pan....
I missed it because I was out a a Bay of Pigs party.Yuri's night. Yeesh. Do they celebrate Neil's Night in Moscow?
Virtually no American's even celebrate Neil's achievements, so why should the rest of the world?But Yuri Gagarin was the first person to actually leave the Earth and go into space. Period.As shocking as it might be to anyone from the US, the fact that he wasn't an American does not diminish that fact at all.While most American's seem to think their country is the center of the universe, the USA currently only accounts for 3% of the world's population. I know its news to many, but American's are in the minority.If the rest of the world wishes to celebrate the first spaceman, but American's don't want to acknowledge the fact because he was a Soviet and that fact makes them uncomfortable, that's their choice. But 97% of the world's population is unlikely to agree.The rest of the world doesn't have the same history of rivalry with the Soviets which colors a lot of America's views on their counterpart's accomplishments.Most of the world is quite comfortable acknowledging that Gagarin, and the Soviets, were the very first to do such an incredible thing. And most are also comfortable remembering, and sometimes even celebrating, the feat irrelevant of where he came from or which country paid for it.He simply made history by being "the first" and his achievement should be celebrated by everyone, irrelevant of long-past differences.
"We are the worldWe are are the children"Yuri was a communist, but he became a good one when he flew his MiG into the side of a mountain.
"Yuri was a communist, but he became a good one when he flew his MiG into the side of a mountain."That's just beautiful. What the purpose of this blog's comment moderation procedure is escapes me right now.
"Yuri was a communist, but he became a good one when he flew his MiG into the side of a mountain."That is the 2nd funniest thing I've ever read on this site. 1st was KT's Pacific adventures.
Man, life must be tough when you're that sensitive
I'm not sensitive, but I would really like to know how YOU would have declared yourself had you been born in a communist country like he was. You know, personal choices and stuff.It would have been funny as hell if someone made the same remark about you then.
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