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Started by bailliegillies on Apr 13, 2021 9:43:58 AM
Poekhali (Let's Go)

One small leap for man, one giant leap for mankind

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gargarin went into space and started mankind's journey to the stars.

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bailliegillies - 13 Apr 2021 09:56:06 (#1 of 14)

If Russia had not put a man into space in 1961 would America have put a man on the Moon on July 20, 1969 and would we now be contemplating humans on Mars.

FGBFGB - 13 Apr 2021 11:23:10 (#2 of 14)

Probably, I'd say. Project Mercury was already well in train.

bailliegillies - 13 Apr 2021 12:15:32 (#3 of 14)

Would it have been done so fast, in less than ten years if the Soviets hadn't achieved a man into space first, would it have been about science instead of politics?

TauCeti - 13 Apr 2021 12:22:09 (#4 of 14)

There isn't a technology which will take humans to Mars anyway.

kvelertak - 13 Apr 2021 12:37:40 (#5 of 14)

Elon Musk implants a chip in a monkey's brain to let it watch and play Pong, have they cut Elon's head open to implant a chip to let him watch himself explode his spaceships on-screen?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56688812

FGBFGB - 13 Apr 2021 12:52:50 (#6 of 14)

#3 I think it was Sputnik 1 in 1957 that put the wind up the Americans, more than Gagarin.

RosyLovelady - 13 Apr 2021 12:54:18 (#7 of 14)

That certainly my dim recollection from the time, and from what I've read since.

Arjuna - 13 Apr 2021 12:54:47 (#8 of 14)

and Laika the Space Dog

Americans were accusing them of animal cruelty

Arjuna - 13 Apr 2021 12:56:06 (#9 of 14)

"their Germans are smarter than our Germans"

FGBFGB - 13 Apr 2021 12:56:10 (#10 of 14)

True indeed. Though th he Americans were just as bad. ('re Laika)

bailliegillies - 13 Apr 2021 13:09:12 (#11 of 14)

#3 I think it was Sputnik 1 in 1957 that put the wind up the Americans, more than Gagarin.

Putting Sputnik up was fairly easy and no risk, putting a man into space was and both the US and Soviets were racing to get there.

Incidently Britain also had an earlier plan to put a man into space.



https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20150824-how-a-nazi-rocket-could-have-put-a-briton-in-space

TheValkyrie - 13 Apr 2021 13:22:03 (#12 of 14)

Yeah Sputnik was a "we could do that with a warhead" moment.

Isolde2 - 13 Apr 2021 13:52:08 (#13 of 14)

#5

Elon Musk implants a chip in a monkey's brain to let it watch and play Pong

That'll be handy for Jeff Bezos' robots. And any other dictatorship.

Dubris - 02 Jun 2021 11:46:22 (#14 of 14)

#4 - There was a time when there wasn't a technology to take people across the Atlantic Ocean, never mind going to Mars. The fact that something doesn't exist now doesn't necessarily mean it won't exist in future.

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