- Have I missed something?
‘Hey, vould you mind getting into zis rocket, vich ve will blast through ze atmosphere and tovards ze moon…’
1) “Okay, just don’t hurt my wife and kids please”
2) “Okay, I’ve been brainwashed to sacrifice myself for the glory of the state”
3) “What the hell, I’m a thrill-seeker”
5) “Will you take no for an answer?”
I don’t see hero in any of those. And it’s not as if he designed and planned the thing himself, is it? All he did was sit there and get irradiated. The scientists and engineers deserve more credit imo. Although points 1-5 probably apply.
PS there is no point 4, and there never was. Move along, and do not talk about 4 to any journalists.Posted 7 years ago
mol, I understand what you are saying but, the bloke got rode a maiden voyage of a craft into outer space.
A mate of mine offered me a go in his dragster/funny car thing a few years ago. I laughed in his face and said no way. I think if his dragster went straight upwards until it left the atmosphere and kept on going until it reached the moon I might have let out a little wee.
Pilots don’t design the planes they fly but it does not make them any less brave for getting in them, in much the same way that I am sure many of the engineers who design planes wouldn’t set foot in them for all of the glory in the world.Posted 7 years agochvckMember
What about that bloke who hugs mountains with his flying suit? For some people, risk for big rewards and new experiences is part of their personality.
You might as well call me a hero for arguing with TJ.
Could you not say that about almost anything? “They’re not heroes, it’s what they’re paid to do” type thing?Posted 7 years ago
Nah, just a different value system. Not the same thing.
You can split hairs all you like, people who have a diminished fear of their own mortality will do things that normal people won’t do. You can call it big balls, diminished responsibility, bravery, stupidity whatever you like, the fact is that I would like to try many things and do not have the courage to do them because of a perfectly sensible fear of death.
I consider those people who have less fear of death than I to be more courageous. If you think that Gagarin was a pussy then fine, I just happen to think that getting into a small cabin straped to enough juice to get you into orbit must take a considerable amount of courage/lack-of-fear-of-death/mental-illness/balls of solid rock.Posted 7 years ago
calling him a pawn and using mc carthyist language to describe it/him in this day and age was bit neo con for a socialist to use. I could only assume your faculties of reasoning had been compromised. perhaps you just had a small shandy or another champagne flute?
yes he was in a communist country* that does not mean he was not brave
* USSR Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPosted 7 years ago
See, here’s the thing.
I’ve seen photos from space (the spacewalk thread from earlier today for instance), and know that there cannot be an experience like it. I’ve been an astrogeek for about as long as I’ve been able to stand. As a kid, I had a Saturn V in my bedroom (just a model, my bedroom’s not that big). I’ve read biographies from Shuttle MS’s and had lunch with an astronaut. I get the sense of wonder and awe, perhaps far more then the early astronauts ever did thanks to the the benefits of some quality astrophotography.
I’ve also seen the tech these guys were running, first hand. I’ve been to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as well as viewed exhibits in our own Science museums. I’ve peered into the Command Modules from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, including Friendship 7 (John Glenn’s CM). I’ve seen a real Soyuz and a lot of models of various Russian craft including Vostok.
In my humble opinion, the single most incredible thing about the entire space programme (either US or Soviet) is that at no point did the astronauts take one look at their spacecraft and go “you’ve got to be f’in kidding me, there’s no way on god’s green Earth that I’m getting in -that-.”
So, the point I’m getting to with all this, is this: If you think for a second that the early astronauts (or indeed, all of them) didn’t have cajones so large that the scientists and computers had to compensate for the gravitational effects of their plums when calculating flight paths, then you sit somewhere on a scale between “smug git” and “buffoon.” Sorry.
I’d be surprised if there is any modern Shuttly crew member who doesn’t step through that hatch, having said their goodbyes, wondering whether they’re going to be dead in the next couple of hours. Yuri Gagarin, hell fire, Vostok wasn’t even landable, his re-entry drill was to jump out of the sod at four miles up with a parachute on his back.Posted 7 years ago
Sorry I have had no further input into the people vs Molgrips, ust back from the shoulder doc who told me because I have
larger ballsa different set of values from your average member of public, I will need another op. Booo
I sort of understand what you’re getting at molgrips, better riders than me get no adrenaline buzz doing things on which I crap myself. However, everyone has their limits and I very much doubt that Comrade Gagarin wasn’t in fear for his life when the count down started. And when he took off. And when he came into land etc etc Controlling that fear and not having a heart attack makes him a hero in my book.Posted 7 years agocrikeyMember
Hang on. Hero? Do me a favour.
There isn’t really a suitable insult to call you.
Aside from his short stature at 5 ft 2 inches, one of Gagarin’s most notable traits was his smile. Many commented on how Gagarin’s smile gained the attention of many in the crowd on the frequent tours Gagarin did in the months after the Vostok 1 mission success, particularly when he visited Manchester in the United Kingdom. Sergei Korolev, one of the masterminds behind the early years of the Soviet space program later said that Gagarin possessed a smile “that lit up the Cold War”.
…you can’t even wash your bike without upsetting the neighbours.Posted 7 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
Actually, I agree with mollygripes. Sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day, absolutely heroic, the stuff of real men. Really, I mean which key to press next? You might have to call the helpdesk wait half an hour and then be told to switch it off and switch it on again. Unaided and totally alone. damn, you should get a medal for that.Posted 7 years ago
Look deep inside yourself and ask if sitting on your own on top of thouands of tons of rocket fuel and being blasted into space using unproven technology (unless you count the monkey and the dog) comes even close to advanced spreadsheeting.
now hand me that pussy razor, I’m off to trim my manly stubble.crikeyMember
And the word ‘Hero’ is much over-used imo.
So is the concept of risk, and the idea of danger, especially given that the majority of STW feel that riding a bike without a helmet, or venturing out into the wilds of England without a mobile phone constitutes risky or dangerous behaviour.
You’re normally a little more intelligent than this, so I conclude that this a clumsy attempt at trolling.Posted 7 years ago
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