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On April 12 International Day of Human Space Flight is celebrated in many corners of the globe as reminder of great feat of man who went into unknown aboard spaceship, conquered outer space. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin, citizen of the Soviet Union, did it.

The History

«Vostok» ship was manned. It was powerful scientific breakthrough made by talented Soviet engineers, designers. Gagarin spent 108 minutes in space. It took to fly around planet Earth in circle. Significant unprecedented event was first step towards space exploration. Decree on celebration was signed by leadership of the USSR in 1962. Later man visited the Moon, unmanned automatic vehicles were sent to many planets of Solar System. New round in international relations in industry occurred in 2000. International Space Station, which is attended by representatives of 15 states, received first crew. Flight control centers were located in Russia and the USA, Texas.

Interesting Facts

More than 550 people from 40 countries managed to visit space.

  1. In April 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution on establishment of international holiday in honor of the 50th anniversary of first man’s appearance in space. Russia’s initiative was supported by 60 countries.
  2. Crew on space station consists of 6 people.
  3. Team lives in space, making complete turnover around the Earth every 90 minutes. Speed is 5 miles/second.

Space science helps to solve important global problems related to climate change on planet, food security. Holiday is important reminder of effective interstate cooperation’s priority.

When is International Day of Human Space Flight celebrated in 2022?

International Day of Human Space Flight is observed on April 12 each year.