This is not so much a posting about civil defense, but rather an event in the Cold War. On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space and orbit the earth. Last year, filmmakers released a free documentary, First Orbit, on the anniversary of the flight that replicates Gagarin's flight path and gives people an idea of what he saw (Gagarin did not have a camera on his flight). Released on YouTube, the film was made by splicing together footage from the International Space Station when it tracked over Gagarin's flight path, together with the original radio transmissions of Gagarin and a rather moving soundtrack. It makes for a visually soothing and appealing film.
The producers of the documentary, First Orbit, are currently fundraising for a multi-language DVD and BluRay release in time for Yuri's Night 2012. I've donated to purchase a DVD and thought I would spread the word. You can donate from a dollar up to $15,000 for a sponsor credit on the film. In the spirit of sharing the truly international effort to explore the cosmos and the heavens beyond, I recommend you at least watch the film and help if you so desire to bring the film to an even wider audience.