International Day of Human Space Flight
- International Day of Human Space Flight
- Thu, 12. April 2018
- International Days, Years etc
On 4 October 1957 the first human-made Earth satellite Sputnik I was launched into outer space, thus opening the way for space exploration. On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth, opening a new chapter of human endeavour in outer space.
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.”
From 20 to 21 June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61 st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
Some historical moments :
4 October 1947
The first artificial satellite "Sputnik-1" is launched into Earth orbit by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, heralding a new era.
3 November 1957
"Laika" the dog orbits the Earth demonstrating that living beings can survive a rocket launch into outer space.
12 April 1961
First human in space : Russian cosmonaut - Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth in "Vostok 1" becoming the world's first space explorer.
16 June 1963
Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova blasts off into Earth orbit aboard "Vostok 6" on a three-day space mission becoming the first woman in outer space.
1 January 2003
Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC) inaugurated
see the full space timeline - http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/timeline/