Update: The first human spaceflight was Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. Space Exploration celebrated the 60th anniversary with a series of questions:
- Was the SK-1 spacesuit tested in flight prior to Gagarin's historic mission?
- What led Yuri Gagarin to believe his hatch was not properly sealed?
- How did the pilot lockout on Vostok 1 work?
- Did Yuri Gagarin really telephone officials in Moscow to come pick him up?
- How did Gagarin's flight affect improvements to the Vostok capsule?
- How is the anniversary of Vostok 1 celebrated in the U.S. space community?
Thank you for helping us recognize 60 years of human Space Exploration!
Original meta question: We are approaching the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight on April 12. Do we want to do something for this important milestone in spaceflight?
Last year, I led a series of questions for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. There were 14 questions total, 2 per day for each of the mission's 7 days. The effort seemed to be well-received.
If there are no objections, I am willing to do a similar series of questions for the anniversary of Gagarin's flight. Six questions for the 60th anniversary sounds about right; two per day for three days. As I did for Apollo 13, I will compile a list of potential questions, and then pare it down to the most interesting and answerable.
I don't speak or read the Russian language. Nonetheless, I have asked questions about Soviet and Russian space history, to various degrees of success. If any of our Russian-speaking users are willing to participate in this effort, that would be greatly appreciated.