Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Gagarin said 'Let's go!' to all mankind

On 12 April 1961, the first manned space flight took place. There were no events as important in the history of mankind as this one. Geographic discoveries could not compare with a flight into space that is a breakthrough into another dimension.

The first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin went into orbit as no known Soviet pilot and landed as the Man of World. He was met by people of all races and nationalities, different beliefs and religions as a close, native and most dear guest. It was because he said at the start the famous words ‘Let's go!’ not to himself, but to all mankind, having fulfilled the cherished dream of people - to challenge the infinity and to be infinitely free.

 There is a small but very remarkable detail. Brilliant girls Lera Bazykina and Manizha Aminova beautifully sang the “Earth in the porthole” song as part of the project "Voice. Children 7”. It was a very simple song. However, their video broke all records in the history of the project. There were more than 2.5 million views in the first four days. The enthusiastic responses came from all over the world. Why? I think because space is a hidden dream and an inner need of every human being. And, it is important to note that it is from space that we can see how small, incredibly beautiful, but very fragile and defenceless our planet is. Yuri Gagarin was the first to see it through the porthole, and he told us about it. And, most importantly, he asked us to protect and defend the Earth, our common home against all kinds of misery.

I am much pleased to learn how convincingly the participants of Protect and Love flash mob of www.kirsan.today talk about it. Teens, adults, young people and sedentary veterans say one thing - how small our planet is and how important everyone's participation is in making life on this planet better day by day.
Today, the Cosmonautics Day is recognized around the world and is celebrated as the International Day of Human Space Flight. And here is the great merit of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin: he soared above all and united people with his radiant smile.
We live in an amazing time. People have visited the moon; flying to Mars is no longer a dream, but a concrete plan of action that is likely to be implemented in the next decade. I know that many science centres are actively working on the Mars colonization project. All this became possible only because 59 years ago the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin said: ‘Let's go!’ and freed mankind from the chains of Earth’s gravity.