Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The First Man

He was the first
A pioneer
Periodically one appears
One man, sent into the darkness
One sent against the unknowable
Bravely and patriotically
Sent with hopes
And many fears
He survived
And was one
Who conquered the unknown
Proving again
This race of flesh beings
Can overcome
All that stands before us
In peace

12 April 1961, Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launching to orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1). His call sign was Siberian Pine. (From Wiki)