Gagarin and the Soviet Space Program is just a depressing tale
Not all of it is depressing. Seriously Sergey Korolyov surviving six months in a Gulag only to go on to put people into space is pretty inspiring, especially considering that he did it before the Americans even came close, and with a tiny fraction of the resources the Americans had. And the Russians put a woman into space twenty years before America did. With the retirement of the space shuttle program, America’s only current way to put people into space is on a Russian Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome from Kazakhstan. So yeah the Russians have some not depressing things to be proud of.
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A WW2 PILOT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC AND HE WON THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND WAS A HERO BUT HE HAD FRIENDS WHO DIED BECAUSE THEY HAPPENED TO BE ON A PLANE THAT WAS BUILT WRONG. THE LUCKY ONES DIED IN THE CRASH, THE OTHERS WERE CAPTURED AND BEHEADED BY THE JAPANESE.
I really really really want to do Drunk History but all my historical areas of expertise are depressing as fuck.
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE SOVIET SPACE PROGRAM AND HOW VLADIMIR KOMAROV WAS SENT ON A SUICIDE MISSION IN A WOEFULLY UNFIT SPACECRAFT AND HOW HIS BFF YURI GAGRIN SHOWED UP TO THE LAUNCH IN HIS SPACE SUIT TRYING TO GO IN HIS PLACE, AND THE FLIGHT ENDED WITH KOMAROV SCREAMING IN TERROR AS HE CRASHED TO EARTH AND EXPLOSED IN A FIERY INFERNO AND THEN GAGARIN (allegedly) MET WITH LEONID BREZHNEV AND THREW A DRINK IN HIS FACE.