Re-creating the first human spaceflight

About 50 years ago, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space. The astronaut took a 108-minute single-orbit trip around the planet, becoming the first human to see Earth from space. Through his journey in the Vostok 1 spaceship, the astronaut managed to get hold of several images of the planet, though he was unable to capture video. Celebrating 50 years of the feat, astronaut Paolo Nespoli, ESA and film maker Christopher Riley teamed up to create a video of what Gagarin might have witnessed from space.

The International Space Station follows the same trajectory, during the same time of the day as the Vostok 1 every six weeks. Taking advantage of the trajectory, the astronaut captured the same vistas Gagarin might have seen and recorded them in HD video. Right now, there’s only the trailer of the movie to see, but the full version will be released on April 12, in celebration of Gagarin’s 50 years in space.

Via: Wired, Crackajack

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