Cosmonautics Day in Russia: 59 Years of Pioneering in Space

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Russia marks Cosmonautics Day on April 12, commemorating the first manned space flight accomplished by Yuri Gagarin on the same day in 1961. But Russia can also boast of other landmark achievements in space exploration. Let’s take a look at Russia’s pioneering in space.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite Sputnik 1. This word became so popular that it even spread to other languages.

Soviet spaceman Yuri Gagarin waves after he arrived at the London Airport, July 1, 19611 for a private visit as the guest of the Russian Trade fair - Sputnik International
Yuri Gagarin: 10 Facts to Know About the First Man in Outer Space
On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin crossed into outer space aboard the Vostok-1, opening a new chapter in human history. Gagarin’s radiant smile and the word “Poehali!” (Let’s go!), which he said before taking off, are known all over the world.

Two years later Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to conduct a space flight.

The docking of the Soviet Union’s Soyuz and the United States’ Apollo in 1975 gave the world a ray of hope amid the darkness of the Cold War and proved that the two superpowers could peacefully work together for the good of civilization.

Almost 60 years later, Russia is an active player in the field of space exploration, participating in international research programs and developing its own projects.

On April 27, Russia will carry out the first launch from the Vostochny space center.

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