Saturday, February 8, 2014

MIT Exhibit Reveals How A Beat Poet Conquered Space Before Yuri Gagarin

The first man in space was Sinclair Beiles. A beatnik living in Paris, Beiles was recruited by a young Greek artist named Vassilakis Takis, who coaxed him to strap on a helmet and hover for several minutes, suspended electromagnetically, while reciting poetry. Beiles made his voyage in the Fall of 1960, and although he later said that the magnetism scrambled his brain, Takis proudly asserted that his expedition anticipated Yuri Gagarin’s space launch by six months...Read more here 

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