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A Much Sadder Space Anniversary, Now Largely Forgotten…

Over at Aviation Week, Jeff Manber points out that this weekend marks several key space-related anniversaries:

  • Galileo’s appearance before the Vatican to defend his heretical views about the Universe
  • The first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961, celebrated in Russia as Cosmonautics Day and worldwide as Yuri’s Night
  • The first space shuttle mission precisely 20 years later

There’s also a much more tragic anniversary, one that is now largely forgotten and almost universally ignored within the space community. That would be the liberation of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp on April 11-12, 1945.


  • Parabolic Arc
  • April 12, 2009