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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

International Day of Human Space Flight 2016, April 12

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Archives of Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
 Ю.А. Гагарина
 Yuri Gagarin was born March 9, 1934 (Klushino, Russia)
Died March 27, 1968 (Near Moscow, Russia).

In 1957 the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik,
the first man-made space satellite object.

Four years later, on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut (astronaut) number 1
Yuri Gagarin made a successful orbit of Earth aboard the spacecraft Vostok.

As the first human to fly in space, Gagarin represented a technical triumph for the Soviet Union.

Although Gagarin did not make another space flight,
he remained a national hero and a leader in
Russia's cosmonaut training program
His death during a training mission in 1968 was mourned throughout the Soviet Union

FORUMApril 12 - International Day of Human Space Flight
In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of human space flight, the United Nations declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
Messages from Space Explorers to Future Generations

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 68 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.

If you are an astronaut and would like to contribute to the Messages from Space Explorers, the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs can be contacted at
Events : The 55th anniversary of First Human Space Flight will be commemorated at United Nations on 12 April 2016.
The 55th anniversary of First Human Space Flight will be commemorated at United Nations on 12 April 2016.

President Vladimir Putin congratulated the International Space Station crew as well as Valentina Tereshkova and Alexey Leonov, legends of Soviet cosmonautics, currently at the Vostochny Cosmodrome Launch Centre, on Cosmonautics Day.

Roscosmos : Cosmonautics Day and the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin spaceport "East" met with the pioneers of space. On the Amur spaceport flew the world's first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Alexei Leonov - the first earthling to walk in space. Legendary astronauts inspected the new spaceport facilities. Special attention - to the launch pad and the mobile service tower, which has already become the hallmark of the "Eastern". Before the first launch from the Amur land - 10 days.

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On State Corporation for Space Activity Roscosmos.

 Publications :

The tenth anniversary of ICG brings with it the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the vital role that satellite technology has played as an innovative tool for sustainable development. The Office for Outer Space Affairs, as the executive secretariat of ICG, has worked with Member States to enhance the compatibility and interoperability of constellations of GNSS, so that satellite technologies remain equally accessible for all
International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, The Way Forward
Space technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. Nevertheless, a number of countries still lack the human, technical and financial resources required to conduct even the most basic space-related activities, such as meteorology, communications and natural-resource management. The need to make the benefits of space technology available to all countries has thus grown more urgent with each passing year

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