Friday, August 18, 2017

Yekaterinburg celebrates anniversary of first flight into space

Yekaterinburg recently celebrated the anniversary of the first manned flight into space and the 80th birthday of Yuri Gagarin, the first man to venture into outer space.

Residents celebrated the anniversary at an event near the Historic Time Capsule this weekend. The event featured an exhibition at the Airborne Museum and at the Museum of History of Yekaterinburg, Ekburg.ru reports.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin completed a full orbit of the earth on the Vostok spaceship. Gagarin's voyage was preceded by the successful orbital flight by two dogs, Belka and Strelka, in 1960.

The event kicked off with the chiming of a clock made up of 12 rockets. The program also included performances from several groups, including the military orchestra, according to Ekburg.ru.