My how technology has changed in 50 years. Earlier today I noticed the Google Doodle pointing to resources about Yuri Gagarin's (and mankind's) first orbit of the Earth.
And then a few moments ago a friend, @mynameiskate, pointed me at the YouTube logo -- modified too -- and links to First Orbit a free feature-length movie about Gagarin's flight:
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard.
Here's a great writeup of the First Orbit project at National Geographic:
Posted on YouTube at midnight GMT on April 12, the roughly 108-minute film blends a few 1960s historic reels with modern shots taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. His video not only retraces Gagarin's view from orbit, it shows Earth bathed in sunlight at the same angle the cosmonaut would have seen during his 1961 flight.
I guess I know what I'm doing this evening -- streaming this through my Apple TV to my HD screen
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