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International Day of Human Space Flight

12 Apr 2016

On the 12th, April, the whole world celebrates International Day of Human Space Flight. On this day, humankind first dared to venture outside Earth’s atmosphere. On April 12, 1961, Yuriy Gagarin made the first orbital flight around Earth in the spaceship “Vostok”. The flight, which lasted 108 minutes, became a powerful breakthrough in space exploration. It was a scientific triumph and a milestone for all humanity, and especially for those working in the space industry.

In a resolution passed on 7 April 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 12th 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 peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”

We continue to see amazing progress in space technologies. Tens of thousands of satellites sip around Earth. Spacecraft have landed on the moon and brought soil samples back from there. Autonomous probes have touched down on Mars and Venus. Several spacecraft have left the limits of our Solar System. And this is only the beginning of a long journey.

Knowledge is as limitless as the universe, so the opportunities to make new discoveries are also limitless. The first human flight into space inspires mankind to make new discoveries and work together to achieve new goals and accept common challenges. By exploring the known borders of our universe, we expand the horizons of our knowledge.

On this memorable day, we appreciate those who make contributions to further develop this industry and share the passion of their goals to reach for new discoveries and accomplishments.