The International Day of Human Space Flight is commemorated to mark the beginning of mankind’s space era, reaffirming the critical role of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and improving the well-being of states and peoples, as well as ensuring the realisation of their desire to keep outer space peaceful.
On this day, several space museums, science centres, and schools host special events devoted to space education. Special exhibitions, seminars, and discussions focus on how space exploration may bring humanity together.
The first human-made satellite was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union in 1957. Sputnik I was the name of the satellite. Another momentous occurrence occurred four years later.
Yuri Gagarin made the first human space journey on April 12, 1961. Gagarin was a Soviet citizen who also served as a pilot and cosmonaut. Vostok 1, his space spacecraft, was the first to complete an orbit around the Earth.
It took him 108 minutes to complete his voyage around the world. Gagarin’s flight was a watershed moment in the Space Race.