International Day of Human Space Flight 12 April,

International Day of Human Space Flight

This day is celebrated to recognise the first human space travel and the beginning of the space era. The April 12 is declared as “International Day of Human Space Flight” after the resolution A/RES/65/271 on April 7 2011.


Sputnik I was launched in outer space on 4 October 1957 and from this point humans never looked back. Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel to the outer space and orbit the earth on 12 April 1961, after this achievement human never looked back. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to orbit the earth on 16 June 1963; Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot upon the moon’s surface on 20 July 1969. On 17 July 1975 the Docking of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft was the first human mission in space.

In the year 1998 ISS (International Space Station) was established and humans started living and doing research in the year 2000. ISS works as a laboratory, observatory and pit point for maintenance work for the future moon and other outer planet travel missions. ISS is a joint project of five space agencies: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States), Roscosmos (Russia), ESA (European Space Agency, Europe), JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency Canada).

International Space Station, International Day of Human Space Flight,
International Space Station (Source: Pixabay)

There is the statue of Yuri Gagarin erected in 1981 and it is located at 40 km from Saratov, Russia to remember the first flight of this cosmonaut.


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