Cosmonautics Day at Altai State University

12 April 2017 ASU College

Cosmonautics Day has been celebrated in Russia annually on 12 April since 1961. Altai State University decided to test the students and hold a poll dedicated to this holiday. Students were asked to answer six simple questions.

  1. What holiday is celebrated on 12 April?
  2. Who was the first cosmonaut?
  3. When did the first cosmonaut traveled into space?
  4. What was the name of the spacecraft launched into space?
  5. How long did the first earth orbital flight last?
  6. What cosmodrome was the spacecraft launched from?

The majority of students knew all the necessary information. Their answers were close to the truth, if not absolutely correct. Some of the students did not remember the exact time of the orbital flight, but the first cosmonaut’s name and the year of his flight was familiar to each and every one of them. Those who made mistakes while answering got a chance to listen to the lecture about Russian cosmonautics.

On 12 April 1961, the Vostok 1 spacecraft with Yuri Gagarin aboard was launched into the outer space from Baikonur Cosmodrome. His flight lasted 1 hour 48 minutes. Gagarin became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the earth. This flight was a triumph not only for the Soviet Union, but for the whole world. It opened a new era in the history of space exploration.
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