In honour of The fiftieth anniversary of human space flight, the United Nations declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
To pay tribute to the extraordinary journey of the men and women who have flown into space, and to capture their unique perspectives and experiences in a distinctive collection, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), is inviting past and present space explorers to sign an autograph sheet and to provide a message that might inspire future generations.
This autograph album contains a copy of the signed sheets received from 57 participating space explorers from 20 nations as well as their messages in the United Nations official languages.
The album also contains a copy of the autographs of Yuri Gagarin and Edward H. White on their visit to United Nations.
Join the forum of discussions : April 12 - International Day of Human Space Flight
Messages from Space Explorers to Future Generations
|Russian - Послания исследователей космоса будущим поколениям|
|English - Messages from Space Explorers to future generations.|
|French - Mensajes de los Exploradores del Espacio a las generaciones futuras|
|French - Messages des explorateurs de l'espace aux générations futures|
|arabic - رسائل من مستكشفي الفضاء لأجيال المستقبل|
|Chinese - 從空間探索者消息給後代|
The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight "to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes."
UNOOSA will mark the Day with a series of events:
- Launch of the 2014 Update of the Messages from Space Explorers to future generations: On 11 April, UNOOSA will launch the third edition of collection of messages from men and women who have travelled into space serves as a tribute to their achievements and is an inspiration for future generations.
- Exhibition at the Vienna International Centre, 7-18 April: An exciting and unique exhibition can be viewed in the VIC from 7 to 18 April as part of the regular tours organized by the UN Visitor's Service. The exhibition showcases examples of handwritten messages UNOOSA has received from the many men and women who have travelled into space after Gagarin's historic flight The exhibition can be viewed during these two weeks. For more information on the exhibition and tours, click here.
- Twitter chat: Join astronaut and UN Expert on Space Applications
Takao Doi in celebrating the International Day of Human Space Flight in a
Twitter Chat on 11 April at 3pm CET. Participants can send questions to
@UNOOSA using #OOSAChat
For more information on UNOOSA's Human Space Technology Initiative, please click here.