Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Yuri Gagarin will forever remain in the history of earthly civilization

On April 12, 1961, exactly 60 years ago, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on the Vostok-1 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome and made an orbital flyby of planet Earth for the first time in the world. The flight in near-earth space lasted 108 minutes.

In the history of humanity, the first flight into space is the greatest event - breakthrough into another dimension. Aviation and Cosmonautics Day is a triumph of reason, strength and courage of humankind. These qualities contributed to the completion of the first manned flight into space.
Decades and centuries will pass, a man will land on other planets, leaving the space system, much will be erased in the memory of humankind, but the name of Yuri Gagarin, who for the first time overcame earthly gravity and escaped into space, will forever remain in the history of earthly civilization.

The first cosmonaut of the Earth, Yuri Gagarin, entered orbit as an unknown Soviet pilot, and landed as a Man of World. After the flight, the first cosmonaut was greeted on all continents as a close, dear and beloved guest.

“The sky is very black. The earth is blue. Everything can be seen very clearly,” Yuri Gagarin wrote these words while in orbit. And he noted that our Earth is small and very beautiful.
Today Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics holiday is recognized all over the world and is celebrated as an International Day of Human Space Flight. And this is another great merit of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin - he soared high and united people with his radiant smile.
I congratulate you on the Aviation and Cosmonautics Day! May the cosmic mysteries be solved, may the cosmic secrets be revealed! I wish everyone to open a new door in the knowledge of our world, as Yuri Gagarin did 60 years ago!