INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT: ARPIL 12, 2015

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT

The United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12 each year. The day remembers the first human space flight on April 12, 1961.

Statue of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut to have travelled in outer space.
Statue of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut to have travelled in outer space.
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What do people do

The International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates the start of the space era for humankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in today’s world. The day also aims to promote aspirations to explore and maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.

Activities to promote the day have included photo exhibitions, conferences showcasing technology used for outer space, and the release of commemorative stamps.

Public life

The International Day of Human Space Flight is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

April 12, 1961, was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. In 2011 the UN declared April 12 as the “International Day of Human Space Flight” to remember the first human space flight and to promote the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and to the benefit of humankind.

Symbols

Commemorative stamps depicting human space flight have been released on or around the International Day of Human Space Flight in the past. A statue of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut to journey in outer space, is located about 40km (about 25 miles) from Saratov, Russia. It was erected in 1981.

International Day of Human Space Flight Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Apr 12 2011 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Thu Apr 12 2012 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Fri Apr 12 2013 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Sat Apr 12 2014 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Sun Apr 12 2015 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Tue Apr 12 2016 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Wed Apr 12 2017 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Thu Apr 12 2018 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Fri Apr 12 2019 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance
Sun Apr 12 2020 International Day of Human Space Flight United Nations observance

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