My 2004 visit to Moscow's space museum

My 2004 visit to Moscow's space museum Here's a bit of a piece I wrote a while ago looking at Yuri Gagarin and the Russian space program. In case you don't know me, I hope to be an astronaut when I grow up...

As Vostok 1 lifted off, Yuri Gagarin said to the world: “Poyekhali!" (Let’s go!”). The first man in space spent 108 minutes orbiting the earth. He landed separately from Vostok 1, parachuting down in the middle of a field, greeted by a woman and her daughter 370 miles off target. The cosmonaut reportedly said to the stunned farm women, “Don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet like you who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!” If only he had an iPhone.(More over at The Takeaway.)