Friday, May 11, 2007
The Motherland hears, the Motherland knows/Where her son flies in the sky. Родина слышит, Родина знает
It was April the 12th when Gagarin at the age of 27 left the earth.
In 1961 the Soviet spaceship-sputnik was put in orbit around the Earth with him on board. As the cosmonaut mentioned after his trip "...there was a good view of the Earth which had a very distinct and pretty blue halo. It had a smooth transition from pale blue, blue, dark blue, violet and absolutely black. It was a magnificent picture." [Gagarin in his official statement after the flight, April 15, 1961.]
During his flight in the Soviet spaceship/satellite Vostok 1, Gagarin whistled the tune "The Motherland Hears, The Motherland Knows". The first two lines of the song are: "The Motherland hears, the Motherland knows/Where her son flies in the sky".The song which is supposed to be ultra –patriotic was written by Dmitri Shostakovich (opus 86) ten years before..