First Orbit

April 13, 2011

This Friday’s Space Capsule is inspired by the first human spaceflight made by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

His Vostok spacecraft orbited the Earth on April 12, 1961.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the amazingly historical event, this film “First Orbit” was created.

“By matching the orbital path of the Space Station, as closely as possible, to that of Gagarin’s Vostok 1spaceship 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 Gagarin first witnessed it.

Weaving these new views together with historic, recordings of Gagarin from the time, (subtitled in Englsih) and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard.” – from firstorbit.org.

For more information on the film and to download it for free visit:


Also, remember to come aboard the Space Capsule and recreate the journey in sound this Friday, beginning at 11pm on 91.3 KVLU or stream online at kvlu.org.


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