The United Nations (UN) on the 12th of April celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight and commemorates a date in 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the 1st human to travel into space. Just a few days before its 50th anniversary, the General Assembly at the 65th session in 2011 proclaimed the 12th of April as the International Day of Human Space Flight. Aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, orbited the Earth at a maximum altitude of 327 kilometers over 108 minutes in the Vostok 3KA spacecraft launched by the Vostok-K launch vehicle. This day is also celebrated as Cosmonautics day since 1963. The United Nations calls it a day “To Celebrate Each Year At the International Level The beginning of The Space Era For Mankind”. Exactly 20 years after the 1st space flight, the 1st space shuttle STS-1 of Columbia was launched on 12 April 1981. On the 40th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight, Yuri’s Night which is also known as the “World Space Party” was observed.
This day aims to help us recognize how much humanity has achieved thanks to the advancements in technology. This day shows us the significance of the cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of technology in space which has contributed immensely to making our world a better place.
It is an important day for all Space Enthusiasts, Astronomy Researchers, And Scientists. It is a monumental day as it promotes aspirations to exploring our universe further to understand the origin, evolution, and likely future of the universe. Yuri Gagarin’s foray into space inspires us to keep on making progress in space science and technology for sustainable development and access to space for developing countries.