Monday, March 28, 2011

"Poyekhali! (Off We Go!)"



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 became 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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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Apollo to the Moon



The Saturn V rocket was developed in the 1960s as part of America's goal to land a man on the moon. It was determined the job would be best accomplished by three men. In order to send them and their equipment a huge rocket of incredible power was necessary in order to escape the pull of Earth's gravity. Standing 363 feet tall and weighing approximately 6.7 million pounds at launch, the Saturn V developed 7.5 million pounds of thrust which initiated the acceleration to speeds in excess of 17,000 MPH required to go to the moon. Upon their return, the three astronauts were traveling at speeds of approximately 25,000 MPH when they re-entered Earth's atmosphere. Even 40 years later the Saturn V is still the most incredible machine to ever fly. This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.