On Friday, April 12, 2013, journalist Luna Shyr wrote a good story for National Geographic Daily News entitled “5 Changes in Space Travel Since Yuri Gagarin’s Flight.” Of course, I like the story in part because she quoted me in the piece. But beyond that, it is a good discussion of the striking differences between that pioneering experience and the generally mundane aspects of human spaceflight in Earth orbit today. As we recognize Yuri Gagarin’s flight into the unknown of space 52 years after the fact is it appropriate to reflect on these changes illuminated by Luna’s article. Enjoy.
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