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Monday, April 11, 2011

Yuri Gagarin: To see or not to see

(Eta Carinae)

Here it is fifty years later, and people are still not exactly sure what Yuri Gagarin did or didn’t say about seeing God in outer space.

According to the Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries (OODE), the statement generally ascribed to Gagarin – I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God – actually originated with Krushchev’s Central Committee propaganda machine.  OODE goes on to claim that what “Yuri Gagarin, the Christian” actually said was this:  An astronaut cannot be suspended in space and not have God in his mind and his heart.

Some of Gagarin’s cosmonaut successors actually reported seeing angels on high.  The Salyut 7 was a Russian space station that remained in low Earth orbit from April 1982 to February 1991.  James J. Jorgensen reports that the January 5, 1986 edition of the Parade Magazine (a long-term insert in Sunday newspapers throughout the land) ran an article titled The Best and Worst of Everything concerning the year 1985.  This mainstream publication went on to list angel sightings by six of the Salyut 7 cosmonauts within the “Best International News” section.

These six cosmonauts claimed to have seen “a band of glowing angels with wings as big jumbo jets.”  On their 155th day aboard the Salyut 7, three of these cosmonauts saw “seven giant figures in the form of humans, but with wings and mist like halos…”  Twelve days later, these figures were again seen by three other Salyut 7 cosmonauts.  These latter cosmonauts reported that the figures “were smiling as though they
shared in a glorious secret.”

There are numerous articles circulating on the Internet that link these angel sightings to the Vatican, the NGC 3532 cluster, Eta Carinae, end-time warnings, etc.  Many readers deem at least some of these theories to be “reasonable.”  So keep one eye on high – and another on faith.  You just never know what might appear next…


Copyright April 11, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved 


  1. Thank You Linda. I've wronged Yuri all these years. I'm sorry

  2. It's a non-issue. Would people seriously think an entire country, supposedly full of angry atheists, would collectively be so dim-witted to believe that a god they don't believe to exist would be hiding above the clouds in space and looming over the planet like a celestial surveillance camera, and by reporting the absence of this figure it would be some amazing GOTCHA! in support of atheism? Khrushchev and the Soviets were a lot of things, but total idiots was not one of them. I would also imagine they'd have enough respect for the Christians who demonized them to not so grossly under-guess their intelligence and think that such propaganda would have some great affect on the faith.