International Day for Human Space Flight - 12 April.

Every year on April 12th, International Day for Human Space Flight celebrates the first human space flight anniversary. It’s also a day to reaffirm the importance of space science and technology.

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first human-made satellite was launched into outer space. The satellite was called Sputnik I. Four years later, another historic event took place. On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Gagarin carried out the first human space flight. Gagarin was a Soviet citizen, pilot, and cosmonaut. His space capsule, Vostok 1, was the first to complete an orbit of Earth. His journey around the earth took over 108 minutes. Gagarin’s journey marked an important milestone in the Space Race.

June 16, 1963 – Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to orbit the earth.

July 20, 1969 – Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot upon the moon.

July 17, 1975 – The United States and the Soviet Union achieved the first international human mission in space.

Some may question the importance of space exploration. According to NASA, human space exploration addresses fundamental questions about our place in the universe. Space exploration provides vital information about the history of our solar system. The exploration of space also helps to create new industries. Space is something that most human beings are genuinely curious about. This curiosity among citizens throughout the world fosters peace between nations.

Without space exploration, we would not have satellites in outer space. These satellites improve communication, security, and navigation. Satellites can even help meteorologists predict the weather. And just think, without satellites, there would be no GPS.

Source: www.un.org


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