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The countdown continues:

T- 66 days until the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight.


All at YG50 would like say good luck to our Chair, Dr Chris Welch, who has moved to Strasbourg to work at the International Space University. He may have left the UK but he’s certainly not left YG50. This is just as well, because with the anniversary getting ever closer, the YG50 team are increasingly busy!  Recent website updates and new information in the History section:

The Timeline of Yuri Gagarin’s life. Researched and compiled by Vix Southgate, this timeline spans Gagarin’s entire life, from the mundane—his appendix operation and tonsillectomy, to the extraordinary - the flight records from 12 April 1961.

More Memories of Yuri Gagarin have been added as a result of our ‘Appeal for Memories’ in the last issue but we would still like some more!

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On the 12 April 2011 the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) are hosting the ‘Yuri Gagarin Lecture 2011’, a celebration of human space flight, chaired by Dr Chris Welch. The lecture is being held at the IET headquarters in Savoy Place, London.

The evening begins at 18.00 and includes three speakers and a networking and drinks reception from 19.45 to 20.45 (tbc).

More details will be posted on our website soon.




To celebrate the 50th anniversary, we hope that there will be a mass launch of ‘Rockets For Yuri’ all over the UK. At 12 noon on the 12 April, YG50 would like as many people as possible around the country to launch air powered “stomp” or water rockets.  Jon London (from OWL) has written instructions on how to make a simple rocket. Email us to receive your information pack:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YuriGagarin50 ONLINE

: @YuriGagarin50 now has 140 followers. The countdown is on, each day we tweet relevant information to our followers. Please join us! Tell your friends!

FLICKR: We would also like to see your YG50-related pictures . Download our logo from the website and photograph yourself, friends, family, colleagues and post them on the group pool. www.flickr.com/groups/yg50/

We would also like photos of Rocket For Yuri launches.

If you are  organising an event, tell us! Information of detail requirements are on the events section of the website.




 A special ‘Golden’ edition of Em Orbita, a Portuguese Electronic Space Magazine, launches online on 11th April at www.zenite.nu/orbita.




In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency and acclaimed film producer, Christopher Riley, Gagarin’s view of the world during the First Orbit of the Earth will be re-created by matching the orbital path of the International Space Station, as closely as possible, to that of Vostok 1.  ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli has been filming from the ISS’s giant cupola window, nearly half a century after Gagarin first witnessed it. This view, being filmed with new digital high definition will create a mesmerising audio-visual experience to share with people around the world on this historic anniversary.

Chris Riley comments: ‘We are now editing the footage together to create the film and we hope to have it ready by the end of the month. The website is still in development but by the beginning of March it will be available to download in time to screen on the 12th April around the world.‘ Yuri’s Night events are screening First Orbit around the World and YG50 will keep you updated and announce First Orbit’s launch.  Watch this Space 

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