Dear Friends, we are happy to congratulate all us with Cosmonautics Day!
Cosmonautics Day is an anniversary celebrated in Russia on April 12. This day is celebrated as the World Aviation and Astronautics Day or International Day of Human Space Flight all over the World.
On this Day - April 12, 1961 the first manned space flight made on by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut (astronauts) Mr Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the spacecraft "Vostok 1".
Gagarin's flight was a triumph for the Soviet space program , and opened a new era in the history of space exploration. Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc and a famous figure around the world. Major newspapers around the globe published his biography and details of his flight. Moscow and other cities in the USSR held mass demonstrations, the scale of which was second only to WWII Victory Parades.
Gagarin was escorted in a long motorcade of high-ranking officials through the streets of Moscow to the Kremlin where, in a lavish ceremony, he was awarded the highest Soviet honor.
Nowadays the commemoration ceremony on Cosmonautics Day starts in the city of Korolyov, near Gagarin's statue. Participants then proceed under solemn police escort to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin's grave in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley, near the Monument to the Conquers of Space. Finally, the official events are concluded with a visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery, the burial place for many Russian cosmonauts and spacecraft engineers.
On these days Moscow Planetarium also suggest it's guests many thematic ceremonies such as Special photo-zone where You can take the original picture, many interactives, where You can even win the flight in aerodynamic tube!
- Date: 9–17 April
- Start: at 10 am