First man in space: Yuri Gagarin’s flight remembered in New Delhi

The unique scientific feat of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, was remembered at a function to mark the Cosmonautics Day at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on April 10, 2015.

The unique scientific feat of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, was remembered at a function to mark the Cosmonautics Day at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on April 10, 2015.

The programme comprised an inter-active session, inauguration of the photo exhibition “Yuri Gagarin in India”, and a film show about the legendary flight of Yuri Gagarin.

On 12th April 1961 Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became the first human in space and the first person to orbit the Earth. The Vostok-1 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur launch site at 06:07 UTC (09:07 am Moscow time). Gagarin's flight lasted 108 minutes, this including 89 minutes in space. He completed one orbit of the Earth, travelling at 27,400 kilometres per hour. At the highest point, Gagarin was 327 km (203 miles) above mean sea level.

The speakers at the RCSC function made glowing tributes to the significant contributions made to space science by Yuri Gagarin by virtue of his landmark space odyssey.

Mr. Alexander Zhmyrev, Head of the Science & Technology Section of the RCSC, welcoming the gathering dwelt upon the life and career of Yuri Gagarin, who made history by becoming the first man in space.

Underlining the commendable achievements made by Russia in the sphere of space science, Mr. Vivek Singh, Officer on special Duty, Depart of Space, Branch Secretariat, Government of India, referred to Indo-Russian collaboration in this regard. Citing the successful mission of Chandrayan, he expressed his optimism on much more prospects through Indo-Russian collaborative projects.

Mr. C. B. Devgun, President, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), spelled out some tips for the benefit of youth to imbibe serious interest in the study of astronomy. He recalled his visit to Russia with particular emphasis on Star City which left an indelible impression.

Mr. Saurabh Kwatra, Head of the Indian NGO International Innovations, in the course of his address, highlighted the significance of Soviet/Russian progress in making rocket engines and on the theory of gravitation.

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