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Happy 50th Anniversary of the First Human in Space

Apr 12, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Fun, Space  //  2 Comments
Yuri Gagarin saying hello to the press during ...

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Today marks the 50th year since Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.   This milestone, achieved by the Soviets, led to the space race to put men on the moon.

Like many complex projects, this mission wasn’t without its problems.  According to The Guardian, the Russian Space Agency will be declassifying and releasing documents today about technical glitches that happened leading up to the launch, including shorted out sensors, a door hatch problem and a pencil that floated away.

While I understand why data is sometimes released years and decades later than it was originally collected, I’m always taken aback by delayed release of such information.  On my projects, it seems we are always working on getting data to people faster.  In the case of classified data, it seems there are two different performance metrics: right now and 50 years later.


Yuri Gagarin first manned space flight


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