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International Day of Human Space Flight

12 Apr 16  | Engineering |  Technology

International Day of Human Space Flight

On 7 April 2011 the United Nations declared that the 12th April should henceforth be recognised as the International Day of Human Space Flight "to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and people, as well as ensuring the realisation of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes."

The 12th April was picked to commemorate the first human space flight: that of Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut who became the first man to fly outside of Earth's atmosphere in 1961. 

Check out our infographic for the highlights of our journey from Earth-bound to flying amongst the stars. 

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