Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Russia 2016
55 Years First Man in Space

ISSUE DATE: 12 April 2016
STAMP SIZE: 30 x 42 mm

The decision to send a man into space begged a number of questions, including the type of person required for the job. Like millions of people in the Soviet Union, the Gagarin family suffered during Nazi occupation in World War II.  During German advance on Moscow in 1941 their home was taken over for German officer The Gagarin family was allowed to build a mud hut, approximately 3 by 3 metres (10 by 10 ft) behind their house, where they spent a year and nine months until the end of the occupation. His two older siblings were deported by the Germans to Poland for slave labour in 1943, and did not return until after the war in 1945.

On 12 April 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when he orbited the Earth once during a 108 minute flight. The rocket carrying Gagarin's Vostok 1 spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:07 a.m. local time. Reaching unprecedented speeds for manned travel, the spacecraft broke free of the Earth's gravitational pull and entered orbit around the planet, circling once before re-entering the atmosphere and landing back on Soviet soil. Gagarin became an instant worldwide celebrity and visited several countries including Britain in 1961.

Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed. The Yuri Gagarin Medal is awarded in his honor.




Stamp images and description thanks to Russian Post

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