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Poyekhali - Off We Go by markkarvon Poyekhali - Off We Go by markkarvon
By 1961 the science of rocketry and space flight had advanced to the point that it was feasible a man could make the journey beyond Earth's atmosphere into space. Although several manmade satellites had successfully achieved orbit by this time, it was not an absolute certainty that manned space flight would succeed. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagrin bravely entered his Vostok I spacecraft perched atop an R-7 rocket. Upon blast off he spoke over the intercom, "Poyekhali!" which translates in English to, "Off We Go!" After a short journey Yuri Gagarin become the first man to fly in space. The flight lasted a total of 108 minutes and he completed one orbit of the Earth. It is interesting to note the design to land the capsule safely with a man on board had not been perfected at the time of the flight. Thus, after the capsule reentered the atmosphere, Yuri was ejected and parachuted to a safe landing separate from the capsule. This print is a tribute to this magnificent accomplishment on the 50th anniversary of the historic flight.
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SKrainev Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Goog job! Thanks for the "VOSTOK 1".
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
Explorer793 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Once again, fabulous portrayal! Although I've heard from many legitimate sources that Gagarin may very well not have been the first man in space. The Soviets definitely have had failures in their space program from way back then that, even today, haven't been disclosed, and I wouldn't be surprised if they lost a few cosmonauts during their initial attempts at spaceflight.
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. There may have been an earlier cosmonaut but for now I paint factual representations according to the historical record. I'll leave the speculation up to the conspiracy theorists.
hukt0nf0nikz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
amazing, a fine tribute!!
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
stokeman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Off we go......hmm, it does sound pretty good. It's business-like yet easy going sounding at once
KOGR Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Nice work.
hey Yuri's night in coming up!.. this tuesday... be sure to watch First Orbit!
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I know, I did the piece as a 50 year commemorative print.
Altimeter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
i posmotrem (& see)
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