International Day of Human Space flight and Cosmonautics Day

Russian ambassador lays wreath at Yuri Gagarin's monument in Kathmandu


By TRN Online, Kathmandu, Apr 12: On the occasion of the International Day of Human Space flight and Cosmonautics Day in Russia celebrated on April 12, 2024, Ambassador of Russia to Nepal Alexey Novikov and the whole Embassy staff laid a wreath at the monument to Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut who was the first man in the world history to go to space.

The monument to Gagarin was inaugurated in Nepal’s capital city on April 24, 2019 by the-then Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sunder Shakya and two-time hero of the Soviet Union Russian cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh.

I his speech the Ambassador noted that it is extremely hard to overestimate the role played by Russian cosmonauts in space exploration. Yuri Gagarin was the  first man to go to space when he orbited the Earth for 1 hour and 48  minutes aboard the Vostok-1 spacecraft. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in the world to go to space alone - no other woman after her would go to space solo. Alexei Leonov became the first man in the world who went to open space, conducting a space walk outside of his spaceship. Gherman Titov became the first man in history to conduct a lengthy (longer than a day) space flight, according to a press note issued by the Russian embassy.

The world must remember the exploits by these brave Russian Soviet cosmonauts as they risked their lives for global progress and prosperity of future generations, read the press note.

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