Tonight is the annual worldwide party celebrating humanity's past, present, and future in space. Commemorating the first crewed spaceflight in 1961, and the inaugural launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981, Yuri's Night is a time for education, outreach, and flat-out partying.
On February 5th, more than twenty years after they first started drilling, Russian scientists finally broke through the last remaining layers of an ice sheet that has separated Lake Vostok from the rest of the world for twenty million years.
After 20 years of drilling, Russian scientists have finally punched a hole in the bottom of the planet to reach the ancient lake 13,000 feet beneath Antarctica. So what now?
Two and a half miles under the Earth lies Lake Vostok, which hasn't seen the light of day in 20 million years. It's taken almost 20 years of drilling, but Russian scientists are about to break through and explore the lake at the bottom of the world.
Yuri Gagarin was a stone cold cosmonaut; landing his Vostok-1 capsule even after it failed to separate upon reentry, started into a high-G spin, and then blew its exit hatch 7,000m up. Starman has all the harrowing details here.
Everyone is paying tribute to cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin today, and with good reason: he was the first man to travel into space. But let's not forget the craft that got him there, the Vostok 3KA.
So, you want to take a short trip into space? Seems easy enough – hop in your rocket, aim it at space and lift off, right? If you want to survive, it will take a little more planning than that. Luckily, we're here to help.
Charity is for chumps. Real estate? Too dangerous! Stock market? Boring! If I had the $2 to $10 million that this Soviet Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule is expected to sell for in April, it'd be mine.
I will give you some tips: There are two, and one of them is for the ladies.