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On April 12th, Russia and various other former Soviet Union countries commemorate Cosmonautics Day. On the same day in Poland, a “International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics” is observed. The International Day of Human Space Flight was established in 2011 at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the first manned space flight, which took place on April 12, 1961, by 27-year-old Russian Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin flew the Vostok 1 spacecraft around the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Cosmonautics Day 2022: History
A year later, on April 9, 1962, the Soviet Union established a commemorative day. It is commemorated in modern Russia under Article 1.1 of the Law “On the Days of Military Glory and Commemorative Dates in Russia.”
Gagarin’s flight was a resounding success for the Soviet space programme, ushering in a new age in space exploration. Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, as well as a worldwide celebrity. His history and facts of his flight were reported in major newspapers all over the world. The size of the demonstrations in Moscow and other Soviet towns was second only to the Victory Parades of World War II. Gagarin was led through the streets of Moscow by a long convoy of high-ranking officials to the Kremlin, where he was bestowed the highest Soviet honour, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a grandiose ceremony.
A Space Shuttle (STS-1, Columbia) was launched for the first orbital trip on April 12, 1981, exactly 20 years after Vostok 1. This was a coincidence because STS-1 had been delayed for two days. Yuri’s Night, also known as the “World’s Space Party,” has been organised every 12 April since 2001 to highlight milestones in space exploration around the world.
The United Nations honoured the “International Day of Human Space Flight” on April 12, 2017, to mark the 56th anniversary of the first human space flight, which marked the beginning of mankind’s space era.
How Cosmonautics Day is Celebrated?
The annual Cosmonautics Day commemoration begins in Korolyov, next to Gagarin’s statue, on April 12. The participants will then be escorted to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin’s grave at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, followed by a visit to Cosmonaut Alley, which is located near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.
The Cosmonautics Museum’s theme tours are open to the public. The Moscow Planetarium offers a virtual tour of the museum as well as a series of lectures.
In honour of the holiday, the Nizhny Novgorod Television Tower is decorated with a take-off rocket and a portrait of Gagarin. A visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery brings the festivities to an end.
Cosmonautics Day 2022: Quiz
Cosmonautics Day is celebrated in Russia on April?
Ans: April 12
Yuri Gagarin spent how many minutes into space?
Ans: 89 Minutes
How many people have been to space since 1961?
How many countries have put people in the orbit?
How many people died in space in the history of space exploration?
As of 2019 How many American astronauts have gone to space?
Which of these cosmonauts was in space when the Soviet Union was dissolved?
How much did the Soviet Union spend on the space race?
Ans: $4.8 billion to $10.1 billion
Who was the second U.S. astronaut to travel into space?
Ans: Virgil I. Grissom
Who commanded the ill-fated Challenger shuttle mission in 1986?
Ans: Dick Scobee
Who was the first man in space?
Ans: Yury Gagarin
Who commanded Apollo 13, which suffered a near-disastrous accident in 1970?
Ans: James A. Lovell, Jr.
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