Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Made Even Better With Badass Cosmonauts


The Russian National Anthem, presented Friday, February 7, at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. At about 1:45, cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, Yelena Serova, Svetlana Savitskaya, Fyodor Yurchikhin, and Roman Romanenko step in to raise the Russian flag. Video originally presented by NBC - found via this link on YouTube. 

So, many space watchers were pretty thrilled to see some of Russia's best and most badass presenting the Russian and Olympic flags during Friday's opening ceremonies. The cosmonauts present included important figures from the Vostok, Salyut, Mir, and International Space Station eras. Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman ever in space, made an appearance to hoist the Olympic flag. 

For those interested in the activities of our cosmonaut friends, Russia's pride in their space program during the opening ceremonies was lovely and refreshing to see. 


Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space on 1963's Vostok 6, carries in the Olympic flag. She is at the bottom, far right. Photo Credit:  RIA Novosti, found on the Voice of Russia website.

Guess Who's Back


Deke Slayton, Bob Crippen, and John Young pose with STYLE at Third Century America, Kennedy Space Center, in 1976. NASA photo. 

Now that I have some free time, I can finally update this blog. 

So yeah... I've been absent for quite some time. I've come back to update this space...I'm hoping to have some interesting space experiences in 2014, so we'll see. Coming up soon, we can expect the SpaceX CRS-3 launch (March 16). I'm hoping to make it there in some capacity that weekend; there is nothing like seeing a launch, and I haven't seen one since 2012.
   
So welcome back, and I hope to bring you some content (photos, experiences, rants, meanderings, and the stupid stuff people have come to know from me) very soon. Stay tuned, and let's make 2014 a great year!

-Emily C. <3