Fly Me to the Moon

Yuri GagarinToday is the 50th anniversary of the first flight into space. Probably many of you know this already if you’ve used Google today. I found out because my daughter’s kindergarten class had been planning an imaginary flight to the moon and they took off this morning. She returned home from class (and the moon) very excited about her voyage. This prompted me to look into the anniversary a little further. I had known about Neil Armstrong’s flight to the moon in 1969 but, in doing the math, the date didn’t seem right for this celebration. A spark of brilliance on my part, I’m sure.

After a little research I became reacquainted with Mr. Yuri Gagarin, from Russia. I knew of him but had forgotten his name and the significance of his voyage. He was the first man in outer space. His spacecraft completed an orbit around the earth on April 12, 1961. Quite an achievement for those days.

Well, ever since my little astronaut started talking about her class’s trip to the moon, I got a song stuck in my head. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to learn it’s “Fly Me to the Moon”, sung by good ol’ Frank Sinatra. What better way to celebrate (since I haven’t a rocket-ship of my own) than with a little music.

Have a wonderful day. Enjoy the music and take a little time to think about the wonderful and positive achievements of we humans!

Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra and Count Basie


4 thoughts on “Fly Me to the Moon

    1. Nice to see you Gabriela! Yes, it does give a more optimistic view of the world when one looks at all of the positive we’ve done. Gagarin was a brave fellow, I must say. 🙂


  1. I was a little over one year old when Gagarin broke the space barrier… cause that’s what he did. His achievement is the mother of all to follow. The very first step into the cosmos for our species. I hope the zeal for further exploration of outer space drives us along again instead of war and mayhem here on earth. Thank you Isobel for an excellent post.


    1. Thanks, Abufares. Space is an intriguing and wonderful place. I’m glad I was born in a time when we can understand some of it. When we can look through a telescope and recognise a galaxy or a nebula. But in many ways it’s still as mysterious as it was since humans first looked up and wondered about it. It still continues to be a source of amazement and imagination. 🙂


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