YURIGAGARIN50 Newsletter Issue 4


This newsletter is available as a PDF document here


The countdown continues:

T– 36 days until the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s  spaceflight.


YuriGagarin50 NEWS

YuriGagarin50 attended the UK-Russia Year of Space signing in Moscow (full report on next page).

From Moscow to Manchester

YuriGagarin50 also attended the UKSEDs ( Conference. We gained many more supporters and photographed them. Photographs for both these events can be viewed on the YG50 Flickr group.

In other news, the website is constantly being updated and the ‘new and improved look’ events calendar is filling up, please tell us about your events.

Feedback is always welcome, so please let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see on our site.




YuriGagarin50 would like you to join us for a walk along the Southbank on 12th April 2011, starting at Waterloo bridge at 7am prompt. At 07:07 BST - exactly 50 years on we will be toasting Gagarin’s launch.

The event is to raise awareness of the 50th anniversary. We aim to get the media involved so that the UK wakes up and knows why it is a day worth celebrating!

Please go to: http://yurigagarin50.org/events/yuri-walk to register your interest in attending and if you can assist us in any other way, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





Launch Manual 1 is now online at www.yurigagarin50.org/resources/launch-manuals 

The manual is aimed at KeyStage 3&4 but the Air-Powered Rocket instructions are suitable for all ages. Please tell your local schools and parents of it’s existence.

Download it yourself and make a rocket.

Photograph or video the launch and post it to our Flickr group, YouTube channel or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us.



YuriGagarin50 ONLINE

YOUTUBE. YuriGagarin50’s Channel has uploaded a Rockets for Yuri instruction video made by a 6yr old. We would like you to join us and upload any ‘Rockets for Yuri’ videos or other YG50 related videos.  

TWITTER: @YuriGagarin50 now has 186 followers. The daily tweet includes, events, facts, and other relevant information. 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 already have several pictures of the important members of the international space community who are showing their support of YuriGagarin50.




Yuri Gagarin’s Legacy - 50 Years On

Securing the vision for the next half century

The conference is being held between 09:00-17:00 on Wednesday 16 March at the Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London.

To register for this event and for more details go to: http://www.aerosocietychannel.com/events/2010/11/conference-yuri-gagarins-legacy-50-years-onyears-on/




British-born space author, Francis French has very kindly allowed us to publish an article he wrote for the BIS Spaceflight magazine in July 1998. You can find it on our website at: http://yurigagarin50.org/history/gagarin-in-britain/gagarin-in-manchester . For other writing by Francis French please see his website: http://francisfrench.net.


Email a short article about your event to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 11th March to see your YG50 event advertised here.


Do you want to organise an event? Information and ideas are on the events section of our website.



YuriGagarin50 at the signing of the UK-Russia Year of Space agreement

“The UK Russia Year of Space 2011 will include the  events specified in the Supplement to the Joint Statement, namely: implementation of a joint experiment onboard the International Space Station, and

holding of a series of joint keynote lectures, conferences and exhibitions in the field of space with the

participation of world-class scientists from Russia and the UK.”

A more detailed report on this event:





YuriGagarin50 at the UKSEDs Conference

YuriGagarin50 attended the UKSEDs conference in Manchester on the 26th and 27th February to raise awareness of the fast approaching 50th anniversary and celebrations and to gain more support for all the activities and events that YG50 are helping to promote. We signed up 23 new supporters and managed to take pictures of all of them with the YG50 logo. Everyone who was photographed can be seen on our flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/yg50

If you would like to know more about UKSEDs, visit their website: http://ukseds.org/.



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