State Corporation for space activities, the Russian space Agency has declared 2016 as the year of Yuri Gagarin and plans to coincide with this event many different activities. A message posted on the Agency’s website.
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The Corporation remind you that this year will mark the 55th anniversary of the first ever launch into orbit of a spacecraft with a man on Board.
In the framework of the “Year of Yuri Gagarin” is planned to hold various exhibitions and television programmes, radio shows and shows, flash mobs and other promotions, according to Roscosmos. In addition in the rally program partners “Gagarin. Go!” on the website and the official pages of the state in social networks. In Roskosmos also called symbolic the fact that it is in the “Year of Yuri Gagarin” will be the first launch from the cosmodrome East, the first civilian spaceport of Russia.
April 12, 1961 from the Baikonur cosmodrome launched a carrier rocket with the spacecraft “Vostok” with the first flight into space carried out by Yuri Gagarin. Since 1962, 12 April, Russia officially declared the Day of cosmonautics.
After his flight Yuri Gagarin visited 30 countries and made many trips to the Soviet Union. After his death in a plane crash on 27 March 1968 in the USSR was declared national mourning: it was the first in the Soviet Union mourning in memory of the man who was not head of state.
Today, in honor of the first cosmonaut named many of the streets and avenues, as well as a number of towns, including his hometown, formerly named Gzhatsk.