50 Years in Space

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/12/2011 11:20
  • Ended: 4/15/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 32
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
50 Years in Space
Contest Directions: On this day fifty years ago the universe became more populated, as the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made the first space flight on April 12, 1961 at the height of the Cold War. The competition to be first into space was very close, as just twenty-three days later; the American Alan Shepard became the second man to launch into space. It's also the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight today. The six people currently circling the Earth in the International Space Station said on Monday they would participate in the festivities from the most perfect vantage point of all orbit.
As mankind marks the 50 years of space exploration, let's take this celebration a step further and imagine that manned space flight could be celebrating its 100th, 1000th, or even several thousandth anniversary by showing the evidence of manned space program in vintage photos, old paintings, cave paintings or even fossils.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/12/2011 11:20
    • Ended: 4/15/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 32
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
This gallery only contains our top 32 selections from its parent contest 50 Years in Space. All 32 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Degas Ballerina in Steampunk Space Suit

    Degas Ballerina in Steampunk Space Suit
  • Barack Obama Statue Found on the Moon

    Barack Obama Statue Found on the Moon
  • The Last Supper with Jesus as an Astronaut

    The Last Supper with Jesus as an Astronaut
  • Divinci Flying Spaceship Machine

    Divinci Flying Spaceship Machine
  • JFK The Astronomer

    JFK The Astronomer
  • SpaceShip Splash Down in Ocean

    SpaceShip Splash Down in Ocean
  • Magellan's Voyage To Space

    Magellan's Voyage To Space
  • Jules Verne's Lunar Module on the Moon

    Jules Verne's Lunar Module on the Moon
  • God and the Russian Cosmonaut Painting

    God and the Russian Cosmonaut Painting
  • Space Shuttle Under Construction in City

    Space Shuttle Under Construction in City
  • Yuri Gagarin Festival in Space - 3010

    Yuri Gagarin Festival in Space - 3010
  • Napoleon Space Agency

    Napoleon Space Agency
  • The Spaceships of Exekiel

    The Spaceships of Exekiel
  • Aliens Abducting a Cow in Old Painting

    Aliens Abducting a Cow in Old Painting
  • Napoleon Finds Crashed Space Object

    Napoleon Finds Crashed Space Object
  • 50 Years of Trashing Space

    50 Years of Trashing Space
  • Working in the Garden on New Planet

    Working in the Garden on New Planet
  • Selling Earth to the Aliens

    Selling Earth to the Aliens
  • Renaissance Space Shuttle Launch

    Renaissance Space Shuttle Launch
  • Escher Hand Holding Space Probe

    Escher Hand Holding Space Probe
  • Soldiers Watching Space Shuttle Launch

    Soldiers Watching Space Shuttle Launch
  • Yuri Gagarin Tattoo on Woman's Back

    Yuri Gagarin Tattoo on Woman's Back
  • Space Shuttle Lifting Off During Civil War

    Space Shuttle Lifting Off During Civil War
  • The Raft of the Medusa in Space

    The Raft of the Medusa in Space
  • Jesus Returning to His Spaceship

    Jesus Returning to His Spaceship
  • Celebrating no Moses Law on Mount Sinai

    Celebrating no Moses Law on Mount Sinai
  • God Creating a Spaceship

    God Creating a Spaceship
  • Astronaut in the Jurassic Era

    Astronaut in the Jurassic Era
  • 50 Years of Space Travel

    50 Years of Space Travel
  • Mona Lisa Space ALIEN

    Mona Lisa Space ALIEN
  • Spaceship Over a Beach

    Spaceship Over a Beach
  • The Astronaut Shroud of Turin

    The Astronaut Shroud of Turin
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Over 50 years since Gagarin's flight, almost 500 human beings from more than 40 countries around the world have been into space and space has become a base for more efficient international cooperation, said Mr. Anatoly Perminov, Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency, speaking at a solemn meeting of directors of space agencies world wide, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the flight by Yuri Gagarin. The Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin had completed the world's first orbital flight on April 12, 1961 in a spaceship called "Vostok", opening an era of manned space flights and a new era in space exploration. For 50 years, space technology has become the area of concentration of international achievements. Today, we cannot imagine our lives without space activities. Space has become a field of activity for more productive international cooperation. First, it was "Apollo Soyuz", "Intercosmos" and now, the International Space Station"- he said. Perminov said that a decision has been taken by the UN General Assembly to declare April 12 as International Space Day from this year onwards. "By combining our efforts, our technology, our strength, we can achieve incredible, in a literal sense, space results" - noted the director of the Russian Federal Space Agency. "I am very happy to welcome you to our common occasion. I know, that many had to travel long distances to reach Moscow. I know that the guests present here are from North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. I also want to express my gratitude to the Ambassadors of foreign countries, who made it to this occasion "- said Perminov. He added that the majority of those present have long known each other and that the "majority of us are like-minded people". "We are proud that Yuri Gagarin is our fellow countryman" - added Perminov. The 50th Anniversary of Gagarin's flight will be celebrated worldwide on April 12. Space exploration is underway at full speed. Around twenty space launching sites are operative on Earth, thousands of satellites are working around the planet, around 500 human beings have already been into space, space tourism is emerging and the new plans are - exploration of the moon and an expedition to Mars and in short, space activities by mankind is becoming more large-scale and diverse. This means that legal issues will come up often if space exploration activities are being regulated. It is very difficult to demarcate the end of airspace and the start of space. Whose laws will be applicable to the space station? Who owns the heavenly bodies? Is it possible to establish a state on the Moon? And buy a site on the moon? What rights are recognized by earthlings for Martians? Such unusual questions are quite seriously discussed by the current international space law. International laws, governing the human activities in space, started to appear shortly after the beginning of the development of circum-terrestrial space. Almost exactly by the anniversary of the first satellite - October 10, 1967 the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and other celestial bodies, in short - the Outer Space Treaty had come into force. It is a universal international agreement and more than 120 states including all the powerful space-faring nations have been members of this agreement. Important principles for the peaceful use of outer space and the refusal of national appropriation of celestial bodies were inserted in the agreement. In 1972, the Convention on International Responsibility for Damage, caused by Space Objects, was made effective and after another four years - the Convention on the Registration of Objects, launched into Outer Space. The last two agreements are important due to the fact that they specify the terms for the international responsibility of states for any space activity that is carried out by itself or a non-governmental entity - its citizens and organizations. This is a rare case, where the State is responsible legally not only for itself but "for the guy", because launches are not always successful. The significance of these contracts is that they are mandatory for all states. Rules and supplementing international legal practices, mentioned in the treaties, in the aggregate, constitute international space law - one of the youngest branches of jurisprudence. Along with the universal agreement, a large number of international treaties on outer space also exist, binding only a few states. The Intergovernmental Agreement on International Space Station (ISS) dated January 29, 1998 between Canada, member nations of the European Space Agency, Japan, Russia and the United States, including the Code of Conduct of the ISS crew amongst the miscellaneous is an example. Space exploration activities are also regulated by civil (national) law, which applies only to persons, falling under the jurisdiction of the respective state. As an example, we may cite the law of the Russian Federation "On Space", which regulates activities on Earth as well as in space - on Russian spacecrafts.
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