Juri Gagarin - Triumph and tragedy
50 years after a human has dared to climb into a small spaceship and leave Earth for 108 minutes, nobody speculates more about anyone than about the cosmonaut himself. Was he really the first? How did the hero, who is celebrated all over the world, live? Did he become rich then? What else did he have in mind? And above all: Why did he crash only seven years after his mission?
The author has been dealing with the subject for over 30 years, interviewing numerous contemporary witnesses, including many cosmonauts and comrades-in-arms. And he has visited the cosmonaut's places of activity: Baikonur, where he started, Smelowka, where he landed, the star city, where he lived and worked, the crash site at Nowoselewo or places he visited.
In addition, the author has been teaching space history at Mittweida University and other universities for a decade and a half and owns the world's largest private space collection, according to Guinness Book of Records. In the ambivalent Peenemünde, where modern rocket technology began, Mr. Römisch designed a Gagarin exhibition with over 250 objects authorized by the Russian side. It had almost 120,000 visitors. In 2011, he processed all this into a lecture that certainly contains a lot of new things and portrays Gagarin in his time under all the complicated political and technical circumstances.
Length of lecture (Powerpoint): approx. 75 to 90 minutes
Required technology: beamer, small table, micro+amplifier if necessary
Hardware to marvel at (if not on the road at exhibitions): training glove SK-1, earth from the landing site, first Gagarin photo on the ISS, memorabilia...