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International Day of Human Space Flight / Russian Cosmonaut Day

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Date When Celebrated : This holiday event is always held on April 12.

Space flight began with unmanned flights. Like any new technology, it was a learning process and things went wrong.  Once rocket science improved and became safer, monkeys were launched into space, to test the safety of space travel and how it might affect humans. Finally, a human being was launched into space.

Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961 aboard Vostok 1. He spent 108 minutes in space, orbiting the planet once. This flight marked the beginning of the space race between the USSR and the U.S. While Russia (then the USSR) put the first man in space, the United States went on to be the first to put a man on the moon.

On April 9, 1962, USSR's Supreme Council decreed April 12 to be Cosmonaut Day. It is celebrated yearly in Russia and a number of other countries.

Fifty years after that momentous space flight, the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this day to be "International Day of Human Space Flight", to mark the beginning of space flight by humans. Resolution # A/RES/65/271 stressed the importance of human space flight to science and technology. While this event started as a Russian celebration of a major Russian accomplishment, it truly a celebration for all mankind to savor.


We encourage you to celebrate this day, by reading a book on the history of space flight. Or, watch a movie or documentary about space flight.

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