On 12 April 1961 the first manned space mission lifted off from a large purpose built site in Kazakhstan, in what was then the Soviet Union. It had taken many years in planning, trial runs and ground rehearsals, as space control personnel watched in awe as the vehicle weighing 4725kg took off under a dawn sky. The spacecraft named ‘Vostok 1’ with one crewmember on board, Yuri Gagarin, seemingly crawled so slowly upwards as the thrust delivered through the enormous engines laboured in their task. As the spacecraft passed 100,000 feet from earth and into the rarified atmosphere the craft blew its auxiliary engines and entered the space that we call space! From there the tiny craft moved seemingly effortlessly onwards to its destination. A fantastic moment for human ingenuity, determination and technology. It was a defining moment in the race for Space!
Moral of the Story:
Lift off takes a lot of effort, but once we break out of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension. Take our lives for example. Sometimes we view what is in front of us as unbelievable, unachievable or even impossible. That however, is only a belief that is stemmed in other past experiences that we have learnt about from other people. Even if we have tried to do something and not achieved the result were expecting, we have learnt from the experience, so that we can ‘break free’ the next time. Just like ‘Vostok 1’.