International Day of Human Space Flight
The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”
12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.
This year’s observance has been organized by the United Nations Academic Impact, an initiative of the Secretary-General. As a global alliance of more than 800 institutions of higher education and research, it is committed to supporting the United Nations realize its mission and mandates.
On image above, a postal stamp, reading “Soviet Man in Space” and depicting Yuri Gagarin.
Source: Roscosmos Facebook page.