Russian President Vladimir Putin today commemorated the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight and promised that Russia will continue to be an important space and nuclear power country.
Gagarin became the first person to enter space on April 12, 1961. This was one of the Soviet Union’s most important victories during the Cold War and a crucial moment in the space race with the United States.
As the relationship between Moscow and Washington returned to the level of the Cold War era, the Soviet Union’s achievements in space continued to be a source of national pride. On the occasion of the anniversary, Putin placed flowers on the Gagarin Monument near the city of Engas, not far from the landing site, about 860 kilometers southeast of Moscow.
“This is undoubtedly a major event that changed the world. We are always proud of our country’s paving the way for space. In the 21st century, Russia must fully maintain its status as one of the major nuclear power and space powers, because the space sector is directly related to national defense. Related,” Putin said.
Gagarin flew around the earth for 108 minutes, won an international reputation and gained the status of a Soviet national hero.
The leaders of Roscosmos, the head of the Russian Space Agency, and members of the Communist Party laid flowers on Gagarin’s tomb at the foot of the Kremlin wall. Other commemorations were more enjoyable, including cleaning nearby residents in Irkutsk, Siberia, and volunteers dressed up as the role of Star Wars. The celebration is also going on in space.
Astronaut Oleg Novitsky (Oleg Novitsky) and three other Russian astronauts said in a video speech on the International Space Station: “Our scientists and engineers have proven the absolute superiority of the motherland’s technology, making us the world The first space power on board.”
In recent years, Roscosmos has suffered a series of technical accidents and corruption scandals, including in connection with the construction of the Vostochny space airport in the far east of the country. Contractors have been accused of embezzling state funds . Two years ago, Putin complained to government officials about the corruption of the facility, and investigators said they were investigating allegations of fraud.