Tuesday 15th March 2011
For Immediate Release
Countdown to Celebrations of 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Flight
Four weeks today will be the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first human spaceflight on 12th April 1961.
Events across the UK are being organised to celebrate the anniversary. YuriGagarin50 (www.yurigagarin50.org/events/calendar) has a put together a searchable calendar of events, which include exhibitions, talks, concerts, book discussions, plays, Yuri’s Night parties and other activities.
Celebrations on the 12th April will commence with a “Yuri Walk” on London’s South Bank. YuriGagarin50 is inviting supporters to gather at 7am at Waterloo Bridge, dressed in Yuri-style orange suits, to toast Gagarin’s launch exactly 50 years on, at 07:07 BST.
At 12 noon, people across the UK will be launching rockets as part of the ‘Rockets for Yuri’ initiative. YuriGagarin50 is asking participants to share their photos and videoclips on Flickr and YouTube. Details of how to make an air-powered rocket and where to post results can be found at http://yurigagarin50.org/events/rockets4yuri.
YuriGagarin50 has also launched a campaign to collect the memories of the people that saw Gagarin during his visit to the UK in July 1961.
Dr Chris Welch
On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the first human flight in space. 12 April 2011 will be the 50th anniversary of this event.
YuriGagarin50 provides a single overarching framework to stimulate and facilitate events and activities throughout the UK that are being organised by different groups and organisations, matched to local needs and resources. Details of events can be found on the YuriGagarin50 website: http://yurigagarin50.org
The aims of YuriGagarin50 are to:
YuriGagarin50 is supported by the UK Space Agency, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Space Education Trust, Whiteshirt Communications, the Planetary Society and FootageVault.
YuriGagarin50 is a partner of Yuri’s Night: http://yurisnight.net