Monday, 4 July 2011

50th Anniversary of the First Manned Space Flight

On April 12, 2011 the Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus has issued the stamp “50th anniversary of the first manned space flight”.The stamp design is granted to member countries of the Universal Postal Union on the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin.
Yuri Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino near Gzhatsk (now in Smolensk Oblast, Russia), on 9 March 1934.In his youth, Gagarin became interested in space and planets.  He married with Valentina Goryacheva in 1957, after gaining his pilot's wings in a MiG-15.
In 1960, after the search and selection process, Yuri Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program.


Finally  the eventual choices for the first launch were Gagarin and Gherman Titov because of their performance in training, as well as their physical characteristics — space was at a premium in the small Vostok cockpit and both men were rather short. Gagarin was 1.57 metres  tall, which was an advantage in the small Vostok cockpit.

He was the first human being to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.


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