International Day of Human Space Flight – 12 April

Commemorating the first human spaceflight, one of the most significant events in the history of all mankind, and with the aim of recognising cosmic science and technology as imperative contributors to achieve the objectives of sustainable development, 12 April has been declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

What is the Purpose of International Day of Human Space Flight

The reason for the declaration of 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight is to celebrate internationally, the beginning of the space era for mankind, to reaffirm the important contribution of space science and technology. Great focus is placed on the promotion of further exploration of outer space in peaceful purposes. The annual observance, International Day of Human Space Flight is set to “inspire young people to pursue their dreams and move towards the frontier of knowledge and understanding”. The greatest emphasis is placed on the shared experiences of existing astronauts to inspire young people and inform them of the careers available in this fascinating field.

The History of International Day of Human Space Flight

The declaration of the first International Day of Human Space Flight coincided with the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin’s momentous first space flight. The annual observance of International Day of Human Space Flight on 12 April is celebrated on the anniversary of the first human space flight. Yuri Gagarin was the first human being in space taking the leap on 12 April 1961, it opened immense doors for space exploration that benefitted all of humanity.

 

How Can You Become Involved in International Day of Human Space Flight

 

There are a variety of events and activities that the UN are orchestrating to celebrate International Day of Human Space Flight. Some include the launch of the “Messages from Space Explorers to future generations” by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). On 11 April UNOOSA will publish the third edition containing a collection of messages from both male and female space travellers, this serves as a tribute to their achievements as well as an inspiration to future generations. The 2014 series will be available on the UNOOSA website.

 

To be involved in International Day of Human Space Flight join the twitter chat with astronaut and UN Expert on Space Applications Takao Doi in celebration. Participants can send questions to @UNOOSA using #OOSAChat

Written by: Ryette Dempsey

 

 

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