Ukraine Marks 50th Anniversary Of Human Spaceflight

KIEV, Ukraine -- Unusual festivals dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space were held in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday.

Yuri Gagarin

The installation of this space flight was held in Mystetsky Arsenal Museum within the "Space Odyssey 2011" festival. The action treated respect to the first Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

A group of six German scientists has created a reconstruction of the flight. They named the performance "Gagarin Lounge 10.8". Because the first cosmonaut spent 108 minutes in space.

Visual concert coincided with the moment when Gagarin's spacecraft "Vostok-1" had been flying around the Earth's orbit.

During the installation the guests have an opportunity to feel themselves in the astronaut's body. Only 128 people have been able to become aware of spacemen for a few minutes.

Celebrations were also placed at the central square of Kiev. Youth organizations held marathon "Our Space".

They posted a huge puzzle with a picture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Maidan square. The picture's size was nearly 25 square meters. Fifteen people worked on the puzzle during 20 minutes.

The puzzle consisted of 265 pieces made of plastic, coated with UV varnish and full color printing.

The lessons on the space theme were held in all educational institutions of Kiev.

Large-scale festivals were conducted as well in other Ukrainian cities. Sporting and educational games as well as competitions for the space theme were among them.

Meanwhile, the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight is widely celebrated around the world.

The UN General Assembly recently proclaimed April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Source: Xinhua