Today is Astronautics Day
Today is Astronautics Day

Today is Astronautics Day

Today we celebrate a remarkable holiday – Cosmonautics Day.

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board the Vostok 1 manned spaceship and made the first orbital flight around the planet Earth. The flight in the near-Earth space lasted 108 minutes.

In the Soviet Union the holiday was established by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on April 9, 1962. It is celebrated under the name of Day of Cosmonautics. This holiday was established at the suggestion of the second cosmonaut German Titov, who appealed to the Central Committee of Communist Party of the Soviet Union with the corresponding proposal on March 26, 1962.

The Soviet people performed a real feat, not much time had passed since the end of World War II, and they managed to overtake the Americans, who participated in that war to a very limited extent and not on their own territory.

Today is a national holiday…
Spring, Russian and joyful….
The result of the twentieth century…
The triumph of all space construction…

We remember the pioneers,
Simple, smiling and brave…
They gave us the gift of space
And we worshipped them all…

We’ve looked up to them since childhood,
They never had a trace of coquetry…
♪ Yes, they’ve conquered the cosmos ♪
And the secrets of the world ….

The stars became a little clearer to us,
And the world is more beautiful – more vast,
The Earth is our common home,
The moon is our cosmodrome…

Rockets will soon fly to Mars,
We’ll conquer Venus again
But we will not forget this holiday,
The starry wanderer Waving to us from the sky…

I hope that in the future the Russian Federation will be ahead of its closest competitors, the PRC and the United States, in many respects. At least I would like to hope so.


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