April 12th is International Day of Human Space flight, via UN.org
The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”
12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.
The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.
Yuri Gagarin (the man pictured above) was the first man in space. Read more about him in this article by the International Business Times
Exactly 55 years ago, on 12 April 1961, mankind pushed back the frontiers of science, when for the first time, a cosmonaut flew into space. Yuri Gagarin, a young Soviet pilot, travelled for 108 minutes around Earth, before successfully returning home.
Gagarin was born in 1934 in a village called Klushino near the small town of Gzhatsk to the west of Moscow. His family worked in one of the multiple communist “kolkhoz”, or collective farms, which were implemented by the USSR to organise agricultural production.
He decided he would become a fighter pilot when, as a teenager, he saw a military plane make a forced landing in a field close to his home. After studying physics and mathematics, and joining a flying club, his dream became reality. In 1955, Gagarin took his first solo flight. It was a few years before his attentions turned to space.
Read the full article here!