October 4, 1957.
A day like this, but 60 years ago, this now iconic sphere became Earth’s second satellite. Those humble sounds opened the way of the stars for all of us.
Artist: Detlev Van Ravenswaay.
50 years ago, on 24 April, 1967, we lost the first human in an actual spaceflight. Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed into the ground after its parachute recovery system failed, the horrible culmination to a cursed mission full of technical problems. RIP
Komarov here during training in bare bones Soyuz flight simulator. Photo: RKK Energia
The space navigation indicator INK-2S Globus (an older variant) tiny Earth used in the revolutionary Salyut 6 space station. Those Salyut sourced most of their instrumentation for the readily available Space capsules hardware; Soyuz in this case.
This jewel takes me back to my old educational globe years. By the way, I still have it.
(Photo credit: Bonhams)
Miss Kentucky (year?) about to step out of one of the 1-gravity trainer LRV used in happier times to give the Apollo astronauts instruction in the operation and driving practice of the real rover. The helper is wearing a definitely tired Command Module pilot (CMP) A7L space suit topped with a very rare early red Lunar Extravehicular Visor Assembly (LEVA).
Photo taken at the Space and Rocket Center Museum, Huntsville, Al (thanks, Alan). A Saturn rocket lying on the dirt and this. All very sad.