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Day of Astronautics - the sky is getting closer

April 13 2006

Flowers in the hands of schoolchildren and veterans, long queues near the Memorial Museum of Astronautics, an incredible number of tour buses from different cities of Russia, a few clothes walking and mounted police - as Moscow celebrated the Day of Astronautics. At random passers-by, noticing on the part of this pandemonium, could easily emerge feeling that the forty-fifth anniversary of the world's first space flight marked the majority of the population of Moscow.

Exactly 45 years ago, 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the world's first flight into space aboard the Vostok. This event will certainly become a landmark for millions of people, and despite the fact that many of them are bringing up grandchildren, this day have not forgotten anyone.

Memorial Museum of Astronautics tagged "round date" ambitious action called "Our Space". About twelve days next to the monument To the Conquerors of Space have gathered a lot of people - there were officials.

In addition, within the "Our Space" in the alley Cosmonauts were established 20 memorial benches in memory of the first astronaut heroes. Among the names of "heroes of the cosmos, of course, there are names of Yuri Gagarin, German Titov and Valentina Tereshkova, first woman to go into space. The text on the plaque, but names of the first explorers of space, will be available biographical information, and how many times and when it was visited in the space of these heroes.

The organizers of this project - a social movement, "Space - Our" - believe that raising pride in their country must begin in youth rallies, the notion of "brain drain" is no longer relevant, has disappeared.

In the Memorial Museum of Astronautics could see the merchandise and photo and video fund. Among the most interesting exhibits of these funds - on-board refrigerator, tracksuit cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, a set of onboard tools for working in open space, the first and second artificial Earth satellite, the layout of the ship "Vostok" - the same one which flew Gagarin - and even a stuffed dog proteins, and arrows - the earliest explorers of the galaxy.

Celebration is definitely a success, but the celebrations have ended pretty quickly. Perhaps this is why students and rosy, and hung with medals of veterans so reluctant to sit on the tourist bus and went home in all directions.


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