Today's theme is a tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the launching of SPUTNIK, back on this day in 1957.
Without further ado, here are your other theme entries (in pictures!):
YURI GAGARIN - the first human in space (not on Sputnik, though)...he's appropriately in the upper left of today's puzzle
ALAN SHEPARD - the second person in space (and fifth to walk on the moon)...dig that spacesuit, huh?
SPACE RACE and SATELLITE - this little ball was roughly 23" in diameter and weighed a mere 183 pounds - pretty small, given its impact on the world at that time.
Other entries that might be considered part of the theme:
- ARES clued as "NASA launch vehicle"
- STARDATE clued as "Enterprise log entry" (is Kirk holding a Sputnik model in his hand?)
- EARHART the aviatrix (don't you love that word?) and author of "20 Hrs., 40 Min.," the log entries from her flight across the Atlantic, this time as a passenger (later she would fly it solo).
- Syngman RHEE was the first president of South Korea, and in office when Sputnik launched.
A few clunkers found in the space around these entries, REBALE is one of those words that you really wonder if anyone would ever use. I think BLINI appeared in a recent puzzle, so that one wasn't as hard.
Here's the grid...enjoy the remaining few guest posts and extend a warm welcome home to Linda G. from her well-deserved vacation!