NASA -Demo-2 Launch: Setting Forth on a Historic Journey- May 30, 2020

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. via NASA May 30, 2020

Breaking news by NASA -NASA Administrator, Sen. Cruz, Rep. Babin to Discuss Crew Dragon Test Flight at Briefing in Houston- May 30, 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 31, at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert

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NASA -Liftoff! Demo-2 Heads to the Space Station- May 30, 2020

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, Saturday, May 30, 2020. via NASA May 30, 2020

Drawn to the Sea VII: Aurora

Thanks to this COVID-19 thing I have been spending a lot more time on the internet and a lot less time working. For the most part I just mope around, but every once in a while I find something interesting. That is what got me started on this particular ship, the Russian Cruiser Aurora or as it is known in Russia, Авро́ра.

Seen here in 1903, the “Авро́ра” was originally built by the Russian Empire.

Originally laid down in 1897 and finally completed in 1900, the Aurora was a cruiser that served with the Imperial Russian fleet out of Kronstadt as part of the Baltic Fleet. After three years of training, trials, and refit, the vessel was commissioned in 1903 and was immediately embarked on journey from the Baltic Sea to Asia in order to fight in the Russo-Japanese War.

While she did see some conflict, she spent most of the war interned in the Philippines by the USA. She would not have any significant engagements until 1917 when she was part of initial battles of the Soviet October Revolution that brought an end to the Russian Empire and ushered in the age of Communism.

Because of the role that she played in bringing about Communism, she became a symbol of the Soviet Union and gained massive popularity in the USSR and Russia that would endure. In fact, it is that enduring popularity that brought about my attention.

The image below features a model wearing a (likely) tourist recreation Captain 1st Class’s Hat emblazoned with the ship’s name and a naval telnyashka, the traditional Russian/Soviet military undershirt:

This was the image that caught my attention and made me want to learn more about the Russian ship “Авро́ра.”

If you have any great interest in the ship or about learning more of her history, it is currently still a commissioned ship that serves as a floating museum in St. Petersburg. You can visit the next time you are allowed to travel:

Know a cool ship? Is there some specific content you want? Have some feedback? Well, you could let me know…


Breaking news by NASA -NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon- May 30, 2020

For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.

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