Space explorers to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight

The Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) 2021 is poised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight that began humankind’s spaceflight era in 1961.

To celebrate this important milestone, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, are organising and hosting GLEX 2021, respectively, from June 14-18, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

At GLEX 2021 there will be a plenary session on June 15, 2021, during which more than 20 cosmonauts and astronauts from all over the world, many of them being also the first representative of their countries flying to space, will offer their tribute to the first human in space and commemorating the beginning of humankind’s spaceflight era.

Cosmonauts and astronauts from all over the world will pay tribute to Yuri Gagarin at GLEX 2021. Credit: IAF

On June 16,2021, there will be a dedicated Astronauts GNF at GLEX 2021, featuring an international panel of astronauts and cosmonauts, sharing their perspectives and updates on human activities in space.

Space community

GLEX 2021 brings together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, space agency representatives and policy makers.

GLEX 2021 will discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will offer opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation.

The world celebrated the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space odyssey in April 2021. Credit: IAF

A senior lieutenant fighter pilot in the then Soviet air force, Yuri Gagarin was 27 years old when he undertook his spaceflight – the first ever in the history of humankind.

Space odyssey

His space odyssey, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the then Soviet Union on April 12, 1961, lasted 108 minutes in a Vostok capsule and made Gagarin the first human to enter space and also orbit Earth.

General interest in astronauts is high since then and is a powerful tool for education, outreach and public engagement, according to the IAF.

GLEX 2021 is organised by the International Astronautical Federation and hosted by Roscosmos. Credit: IAF

Gagarin’s spaceflight also established several traditions that all cosmonauts and astronauts flying from Baikonur cosmodrome follow thoroughly up until today.

The international space community celebrated the 60th anniversary of Gagarin’s spaceflight with numerous commemorative occasions in April 2021.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, the tallest manmade structure in the world, lit up on April 12, 2021, with a dedication to Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight achievement of April 12, 1961.

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