50 years since the first man in space*
July 6, 2011
From PCR Brazil
When we celebrate 50 years of man’s first journey into space, Yuri Gagarin made by the Soviet Union, we must remember that this great step of mankind was given to us by the socialist motherland.
This fact alone is one of the most damning refutations of capitalist chicanery that socialism cannot develop the technology.
It really is remarkable how fast industrial development, technology and culture that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) had in a very short period of existence compared with capitalist countries.
In 1917, when Russia made the socialist revolution led by the Bolsheviks, the country was semi-feudal, extremely backward and was devastated by World War 1. After the war between nations, came to a bloody civil war that lasted until 1923, 17 in which armies of capitalist countries sent troops to overthrow the communist government.
In 1941, the USSR was invaded by Nazi Germany, thereby opening the second World War. Under the command of Stalin, the Soviet Union defeated Hitler and saved humanity from Nazism. Lost more than 20 million people and had thousands of factories and hundreds of towns completely destroyed.
Nevertheless, even going through all these problems, in 1961, the Soviet Union was the first country to send humans into space. This is remarkable: all this in the short period from 1917 to 1961, and going through all these problems now.
The U.S., in turn, were not nearly as affected by the 2nd World War as the Soviet Union was. On the contrary, greatly enriched her. As the USSR was concerned only with whether to rebuild their own forces, the U.S. has developed at the expense of destruction and carnage bourgeois, and giving generous gifts to the capitalist countries of Europe to do the same (the famous Marshall Plan).
Even so, the Soviets came to the area eight years before the capitalists, showing the superiority of socialist society. On October 4, 1957, the first artificial earth satellite was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union, Sputnik I. Two years later came the satellite Lunik 3E.
On April 12, 1961, a flight that lasted 108 minutes, it was the turn of the first human being to be sent into space, marking a new horizon for humanity. “Poyéjali!” (“C’mon!”), Shouted Yuri Gagarin’s capsule moments after takeoff.
Only a socialist society, a son of a collective farm workers, whose father was a carpenter, may go down in history as the first human to travel into space. The future of humanity lies in socialism.