Ready for some “round & round”. The open mouth of the centrifuge at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.
Too irreverent perhaps, but I can help it. Kermit?
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.
The Commander of the Apollo 17, “The Last man on the Moon”, has just passed away. Forty-five years after his moon stroll and we’re just doing orbits around this Earth of us…
Gene “Geno” Cernan is seen here reflecting near a two-seat Skyhawk. (Photo: Mark Craig).
Once an Aviator, always an Aviator.
RIP / DEP