The Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd
Garden City, NY 11530
A new bust of world-renown Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin will be unveiled on Saturday, June 30th at 12 pm, announced non-for-profit organization Russian Center and Sunflower Educational Center. The Cradle of aviation Museum will be accepting the Bust of Yury Gagarin at their Garden City, NY facility.
On April 12, 1961, aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1), Gagarin became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the earth. This day is the turning point in the world of science in general and space exploration in particular. It was the beginning of the era of fierce competition that transformed into the cooperation and partnership between the two space-faring nations – USA and Russia. Gagarin’s memorial honors and memorializes not only the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, but those cosmonauts and astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for all nations and the space program.
The bust is a gift from Ruslan Bayramov, Russian businessman and philanthropist, the founder of “Dialogue of Cultures – United World” Foundation (www.ethnomir.ru) to The Cradle of Aviation Museum. It will be installed in the space section of the museum and will be a great addition to the Sputnik-1 model – a gift from the Russian government.
Hon. Andrei K. Yushmanov, of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York commented: "Gagarin belongs not only to Russia but to all countries and nations, and it’s important to us that his bust will be part of the collection of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, New York. Russia and the US have much in common, not only as allies during the Second World War, but as nations which have always been eager to travel to the unknown, and to discover new space; Gagarin symbolizes this aspiration. And I believe that it is very important for us to combine our efforts – intellectual, business, cultural, logistical, and practical – to further promote our countries’ cooperation not only in the space exploration program, but in all spheres."
We invite all Americans, Russians and members of the news media to participate in the unveiling of the Yuri Gagarin’s bust.
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