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April 12th, International Day of Human Space Flight

The Jurij Gagarin's memorable undertaking

Declared by UNESCO, the International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12th is a memorable date in the human and astronautics' history. "Pojechali!" (Let's go!): this was the long-awaited signal for take-off that was pronounced by Jurij Gagarin at 9:07 (Moscow time) on April 12th, 1961. Only the dog "Laika", placed aboard the Soviet space capsule Sputnik-2 on November 3th 1957, and the chimpanzee...

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