First Orbit – Celebrating 50 Years Of Human Spaceflight

On Tuesday, April 12th, it will have been 50 years since famed Yuri Gagarin became the first man into space. It also marks the global launch of the feature length film, First Orbit, by its director Chris Riley with the aid of composer, Philip Sheppard, and the collaboration of the Expedition 26/27 crew, the European Space Agency, and the International Space Station to present what Yuri witnessed on his historic flight 50 years earlier. I for one cannot wait to watch this on the 12th, this will be amazing!

Thanks to the Press Release from Sister Is and The Attic Room:

“Press Release

First Orbit – Around The World in 108 Minutes

The Attic Room is proud to announce the global premier of ‘First
Orbit’, a feature length film event that weaves historic audio
recordings of the first Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, with new footage of
his orbital route. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of man’s
first journey into space, the film will premiere globally for free on
YouTube at sunrise on 12 April and will be accessible from anywhere in
the world.

In collaboration with the European Space Agency and the astronauts
onboard the International Space Station, filmmaker Chris Riley has
captured the magnificence of Gagarin’s original orbit. Filmed by
astronaut Paolo Nespoli, ’First Orbit’ delivers breath-taking digital,
full high-definition views of the Earth from above. The footage
matches the orbital path of the International Space Station as closely
as possible to that of Gagarin’s original route, allowing viewers to
see incredible vistas of the Earth through the Space Station’s new
giant cupola window.

Director, Chris Riley says “We have woven historic Vostok I mission
recordings of Gagarin (subtitled in English) with new shots captured
by Paolo Nespoli, and edited them to an original score by composer
Philip Sheppard, creating a spellbinding film which I’m thrilled to be
able to share with people around the world for free on this historic

In addition to the First Orbit film premiere release on and, the Yuri’s Night network is
organising hundreds of parties across the world to watch the film on
12 April to celebrate the incredible achievement of Yuri Gagarin
becoming the first man ever to travel into space.”


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