Gagarin ISS anniversary launch: Astronaut describes being “catapulted” into space

Rachelle Abbott
·2-min read

It’s 60 years since Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space, and also 40 years since the launch of Nasa’s first space shuttle.

To mark the occasion a rocket carrying a Nasa astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts has been named after Gagarin, and it successfully blasted off from Kazakhstan bound for a stint on the International Space Station.

But what is it like being “catapulted” into space? We ask ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter, previously a German fighter jet pilot who has made two space trips.

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