Happy Yuri’s Night!
50 years ago today, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) became the first man in space.
April 12, 1961 Vostok 1 completed an orbit of the Earth. The flight lasted 108 minutes. “Man Enters Space” was the headline that Tuesday.
Gagarin didn’t live to see man’s first steps on the moon, or to see the end of the Cold War and space race. He died in 1968, when his Mig 15 training jet crashed.
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, the crew aboard the International Space Station sent a special video message wishing the World Happy Yuri’s Night. The present crew members are from Italy, Russia and United States.
Yuri’s Night is celebrated every April 12. Happy 50th Anniversary, Yuri Gagarin!
Today, NASA’s picture of the day is the Gagarin Rock on Mars, examined by the Opportunity rover.